There are many myths about what being diagnosed with arthritis means and who can be affected by this group of diseases.
In this article, we’re going to debunk the most common misconceptions about this condition.
Misconception #1 -There is only one type of arthritis: There are in fact more than 100 types of arthritis.The most common types are osteoarthritis, where the cartilage that protects the joints breaks down, psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune inflammatory disease, and rheumatoid arthritis, where the immune system attacks the body’s joints and other organs.
Misconception #2 - Only old people get arthritis: Arthritis affects people of all ages, including kids. Even though the risk of developing arthritis increases as you get older, people of all ages, even children, develop this painful condition.
Misconception #3 - Arthritis is inevitable as we age: Although your genes play a major role in whether or not you develop arthritis, this does not mean that the onset of the disease is guaranteed as you age.
Misconception #4 -There’s nothing you can do to improve your arthritis: While there may not be a cure for arthritis, there are still plenty of effective methods to slow its progression and make you more comfortable during your day-to-day activities. Lifestyle modifications such as regular activity matched with rest, a nutrient-rich diet, a healthy sleep routine, and self-care make a tremendous impact on the condition of your joints and your comfort. Your doctor will also recommend proper medications to take to help manage your pain and inflammation.
Misconception #5 - Cracking knuckles causes arthritis: The “pop” of a cracked knuckle is caused by bubbles bursting in the synovial fluid (the lubricant in your joints). Although the act of popping your knuckles has been associated with other health risks (like losing grip strength in your hands), it is not scientifically associated with arthritis.
Misconception #6 - People with arthritis should not exercise: Exercise is not generally an activity that you should avoid if you have arthritis, although you should speak with your doctor before beginning a regimen. Exercise can help you maintain range of motion and strength in the joints.
Misconception #7 -Weather changes can make arthritis worse: There is a common perception that rain and damp weather make arthritis symptoms worse. It’s common to blame joint pain flare-ups on changes in the weather, and many doctors believe people can feel more joint pain on cold, rainy days. But the research on the connection between the two isn’t clear.
Lifestyle modifications such as regular activity matched with rest, a nutrient-rich diet, a healthy sleep routine, and self-care make a tremendous impact on the condition of your joints and your comfort. Your doctor will also recommend proper medications to take to help manage your pain and inflammation.
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