Common Myths About Arthritis Debunked
It’s human nature to look for explanations and answers. Since the beginning of time, we have tried to find solutions or explanations to things we do not completely understand. This nature not only prevails in daily life but also translates onto the medical front. It is when this happens that things can get a little dangerous. To keep you and you loved ones out of said danger, here are a list of the most common myths related to a not so pleasant issue, arthritis.
Myths About Arthritis
Myth No. 1: Arthritis Sufferers Should Not Exercise
Reality: Get out there and get some blood flowing. Now I am not saying go run a marathon or anything. But not all forms of exercises are high impact. There are lots of types of workout that will get your blood flowing and yet be gentle on your joints. In fact exercising with arthritis is recommended because it strengthens your joint muscles. This strength will in turn reduce the pain that you go through. And who doesn’t want that? So keep your weight in the ideal BMI range and stay active. Do some yoga maybe? The Arthritis Foundation provides patients lots of fitness options and exercise programs on its website.
Myth No. 2 - Arthritis is an old person's disease
Reality: Three out of five people who suffer from some form of arthritis are under the age of 65. It can affect children and teens as well. In fact, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses of childhood. So if your joints hurt please do not ignore it. Remember you don’t have be old to have arthritis. Also, arthritis is not sexist. There are a few types that are more specific to a certain gender but that does not eliminate the other person. So be careful and don’t fall victim to this myth.
Myth No. 3: Cracking Knuckles Cause Osteoarthritis
Reality: It is true that joints that have arthritic changes they make a significant amount of cracking and clunking noise when moved. There is no evidence that cracking your knuckles or any other joint for that matter could lead to arthritis. Now don’t go around cracking those knuckles. The constant cracking can lead to inflamed tendons and over time can damage ligaments. Doesn’t sound very appealing now does it?
Myth No. 4: Diet Doesn't Affect Joints
Reality: What happens when you put too much weight on something that isn’t that strong? It snaps. Now your joints ain’t gonna snap, but they will be damaged. Your weight is supported by the joints you’ve got and the more weight they have to carry the more prone to arthritis they are. Exercise and diets aren’t just supposed to make you look good they are supposed to keep your joints healthy too.
Myth No. 5 - Arthritis can be cured
Reality: Unfortunately this is not true, but doctors say this won’t be a myth for too long! Do not despair, even though there isn’t a cure yet, there are treatment options. A physical therapist may recommend non-pharmaceutical treatment options for you or a pain management specialist can help by finding the best drug therapies combined with supplements to relieve the pain and inflammation. These options won’t cure the problem but at least it will help. That’s always a plus.
Myth No 6 - Arthritis consists of only minor aches and pains.
Reality: Arthritis is actually a complex family of disorders and there are more than a 100 different types of arthritis. The most common ones being: Osteoarthritis (OA) – This is the most common form of arthritis. It degenerates the joints over time by breaking down the joint cartilage. This can be made worse if you are overweight, older or have a history of join injury. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) – This form of arthritis occurs when your immune system tries to attack the thin membranes lining the joints. This causes pain, stiffness, warmth, swelling and sometimes severe joint damage throughout the body. Juvenile Arthritis (JA) – This is a term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger. So do not assume that arthritis is just minor aches and isn’t that big a deal. It can range from less to extremely painful.
Myth No. 7: Arthritis is induced by a cold climateReality: If this were true then everyone living in warm climates would never be affected by arthritis. Yes the warmth can make you feel better, but the warmth makes everyone feel better. The heat relaxes your muscles but so does soaking in a hot bath. A warmer climate just means you have relaxed muscles and that you can move around freely. As mentioned above, working out can help in reducing the pain. Don’t blame the weather, its not that poor guys fault. Its very important to debunk myths related to health issues. I hope we have debunked a few of those for you. Which one of these did you believe in? Do comment and tell us!
- Flexable Health