Don’t Be Fooled! Common Misconceptions About Arthritis

August 10, 2023Kolton Opdahl

Do you believe that Arthritis is just an “old man’s disease?” If so, then you may be someone who is easily deceived by the media or misinformed about accurate details surrounding the condition. But don’t doubt yourself yet! We have debunked a few common misconceptions about Arthritis in this blog, while also sharing the legitimate truths so that you can better understand the disease. There are over 50 million Americans who suffer from this condition, so this information is useful for the average person to know!

Arthritis Misconceptions

Arthritis Data/Habits

Myth #1: Only Adults & Seniors Can Have Arthritis

It’s true that the demographic of people with arthritis is mostly older individuals, but there are still about 300,000 children in the US who suffer from the debilitating condition according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. This statistic tells us that arthritis is not limited to a certain age group, and anybody can develop it.

Myth #2: My Habits Will Lead To Arthritis

“Stop cracking your knuckles, you’re going to get arthritis!” Have you ever had somebody warn you or another person about this? Despite the popular belief that habits like cracking your knuckles will lead to arthritis, there is no solid evidence to support that. Of course, if you already have joint problems, you probably shouldn’t be cracking your knuckles. But generally speaking, arthritis is caused by injury/trauma, immune system deficits, and/or plain old genetics.

Myth #3: I Should Never Exercise With Arthritis

It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that exercising will worsen arthritis symptoms. This isn’t always the case. In fact, certain exercises can strengthen the muscles around the joints, which builds their long-term stamina. Exercising can also improve overall bodily movement. However, those with this condition should still proceed with caution so they don’t overwork the joints & irritate them even more. 

Arthritis Symptoms Misconceptions

Myth #4: My Symptoms Will Never Improve

You may find it alarming or frustrating that there is no cure for arthritis. People with the disease must learn to live with it. Rest assured because there are still plenty of ways to relieve symptoms and improve long-term effects! Practicing healthy eating & fitness habits is a great way to start because it will enhance your bodily functions. Another effective strategy is to use heat and ice on the affected areas. One could even consider investing in assisting devices for arthritis (gloves, braces, etc). 

Myth #5: The Weather Affects Arthritic Symptoms

There are many people with arthritis who notice their symptoms worsen in the cold, so let’s clear this up. There is some truth to this statement! A drop in pressure can indeed cause inflamed muscle tissue to expand and put more stress on the joints. Nonetheless, there is no scientific evidence supporting the claim. Plus, not everyone with arthritis experiences increased pain during colder weather.

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