arthritis myths debunked...

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of the disease affects around 15% of the UK population.

Common myth 1:  Arthritis is a disease of the elderly. While elderly people do develop arthritis, children and teenagers can get certain forms of the condition. Researchers report that two-thirds of people with doctor-diagnosed arthritis are under age 65. While the disease is associated with ageing, other risk factors include heredity, joint injury, obesity and lack of fitness.

Common myth 2: Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. Despite what your grandmother told you experts say cracking your knuckles is not a risk factor for arthritis. “It is annoying … it is certainly not good for the joints but on the other hand it doesn’t cause arthritis.”

Common myth 3: Predicting the weather. Researchers have studied the claims, but concluded there is no scientific evidence to suggest arthritis flare-ups occur during bad weather. Arthritis patients are no better off if they live in a warmer climate – they are simply more active for more months of the year and that is probably why people feel better. 

Common myth 4: Exercise aggravates arthritis. Staying active actually is one of the most important ways to prevent and ease the pain of arthritis. It also helps with weight control. For people with arthritis it hurts to exercise, but over time the post-exercise pain actually diminishes if sufferers push through it.

Choose joint-friendly exercises such as walking, biking or swimming. In addition to putting ice on an aching joint, taking either nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory medication or natural ‘painkillers / anti-inflammatories, before or after exercising will also help relieve the pain. People need to stay active and move their joints to keep the muscles strong and to keep the joints flexible.

Common myth 5: Nothing helps. There are still many arthritis patients who don’t seek medical help because they don’t think anything can be done about the pain.

A proper diagnosis can lead to a host of possible treatments, including the latest prescription medicines for pain and rehabilitating aching joints through physical therapy. 

Patients should not wait until the pain is unbearable before seeing a doctor. If aches and pains persist for more than four weeks then it is time to pay attention.

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