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Myths and facts about arthritis


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There are several misconceptions about arthritis that hinder treatment and improvement of the symptoms. Therefore, you need to get the facts very clear at the outset.

Explore the myths and facts about arthritis in this article.


Myth: Arthritis affects only old people

Fact: This is the biggest myth that people believe in. Arthritis can affect anyone irrespective of age and gender. Children, teenagers, adults, and old people are equally vulnerable to arthritis. 

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common diseases of childhood.

Rheumatoid arthritis is usually more often detected in women while older people are more likely to acquire osteoporosis.


Myth: Arthritis pain is caused by wet climatic conditions and winters

Fact: Climate is never the causative agent behind arthritis. It’s true that warmth can provide comfort to the pain but cold doesn’t induce it. Even damp and humid weather conditions do not cause arthritis. 

You can soak your feet in warm water tub instead of exposing to cold to receive the much needed comfort.


Myth: 3 Arthritis is just some meagre pain in joints. You can ignore it

Fact: Well if you have been diagnosed with arthritis, you cannot ignore it by any means. As the inflammatory disease progresses, your joints are most likely to get damaged if you do not take care of it. The pain is severe in that case and not something “meagre”.


Myth 4: You have to accept the pain and nothing can be done

Fact: It’s true that there is no permanent cure for arthritis. However that doesn’t entail that “nothing can be done”. Your doctor will explain you several strategies to deal with the pain that will help improve your lifestyle. Use of medicines combined with some therapies control progression of the disease and control pain simultaneously.


Myth: Arthritis patients cannot exercise

Fact: Another greatest myth that needs to be busted. Exercise is one of the best pain management strategies. When you visit your doctor for medical treatment, make sure you consult a physiotherapist and learn the exercise techniques that would alleviate the pain and stiffness in your joints and muscles. 

To name a few these exercises include mobility and flexibility exercises, aerobics and strength training exercises.


Myth: Arthritis is a normal part of the aging process

Fact: One needs to understand the risk factors of arthritis, instead of considering it as a part of aging process. Infections, trauma, hormones and heredity are some of risk factors of rheumatoid arthritis while wear and tear of muscles and joints are some conditions that lead to osteoarthritis. The incidence of muscle and bone damage is more in older age group people and they are more vulnerable. 

However, arthritis is never a part of normal aging process. If it would have been, then almost all old people would be arthritis patients.


So what is the ultimate truth?

To understand the truth, you need to believe in the facts explained above.

Arthritis is an inflammatory disease of the muscles, bones and joints. There are basically 2 forms: osteoarthritis which usually occurs due to wear-and-tear of the cartilages in the joints and rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune that damages e synovial membrane of the joints.  

Some of the risk factors include overuse of joints are muscles, obesity, family history and compromised immune system.

It’s important to see a doctor to get a proper treatment plan that would help manage pain and improve your lifestyle at the large.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: March 04, 2014

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