Cracking Joints Case Study

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Introduction Cracking joints may be viewed in several aspects. It can be viewed as a medical treatment, form of habit, etcetera. This study focuses on the habitual aspect of cracking joints wherein cracking a joint will produce a popping sound. This study aims to explore the general perspective of physical therapists in the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay,Memorial Medical Center Incorporation (UERMMMCI). Joint "cracking" can result from a negative pressure pulling nitrogen gas temporarily into the joint, such as when knuckles are "cracked." This is not harmful (WebMD, 2016).This type of cracking joint is theorized as joint cavitation which releases air bubbles or carbon dioxide and results into a popping sound. Joint cavitation has…show more content…
Therefore, the main research question is: What are the general perspectivesof physical therapists on cracking joints? Related to this main research question, the following area of interest will be explored: 1. What are the factors that affect cracking joints? 2. What are the possible effects of cracking joints? 3. How do physical therapists generally view cracking joints? 4. What are the misconceptions regarding cracking joints? Significance of the Study The outcomes of this study are the general views of physical therapists toward cracking joints which can serve as a guide to individuals who often crack their joints. These individuals may…show more content…
This study may show them the advantages and disadvantages of this action. They may gain additional information about cracking joints and may become more cautious towards doing the said action. Adults that find cracking joints as a form to relieve the tension in their joints, this study may provide them with knowledge on how cracking joints affects the surrounding tissue of the joint they cracked. The information the PTs will provide may help them know if cracking joints should be avoided as their age progress Future researchers who will be conducting a similar study. This study may serve as a reference and guide for them. Scope and Limitations The study isfocused and limited only on the general views of physical therapists regarding cracking joints and will further be validated base on their responses during an in-depth interview. The researchers will use a mobile phone which will serve as a recording device, a pen and paper to be used by the interviewer for field notes. Only three respondents will be needed to satisfy the study. All of which are licensed physical therapists workingin UERM. Definition of Terms Cracking joints – bending a person's joints to produce a distinct cracking or popping sound. Knuckle Cracking– popping or cracking a joint that connects the finger to the

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