Many people think arthritis simply means sore joints. According to the CDC, arthritis refers to over 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints other connective tissue. Discover the top arthritis myths. You may be surprised by what you learn.
Myth: If you crack your knuckles, you’ll get arthritis.
You may have been told as a child that cracking or popping your knuckles causes arthritis. According to the Library of Congress, the sound of cracking joints is caused by escaping gases and movement of joints, tendons and ligaments. Studies have not shown a correlation between cracking your knuckles and getting arthritis, but the habit may weaken your grip.
Myth: Arthritis is the name for common aches and pains.
Because nearly 1 in 5 US adults have arthritis, it can seem like it simply refers to common aches and stiffness. Arthritis is actually comprised of many different diseases. The CDC lists childhood arthritis, fibromyalgia, general arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. The common aches and pains of getting old aren’t necessarily arthritis, but they can be.
Myth: Only elderly people get arthritis.
Childhood arthritis, or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune disorder that affects kids under 16. According to Medline Plus, physical therapy and medicine can help treat kids with this type of arthritis, with the goal of maintaining movement and reducing swelling and pain. Though arthritis is common in older people, it can occur during many stages of life and should not be considered something that only affects the elderly.
Myth: Arthritis is untreatable.
While there is no cure for arthritis, there are many ways to treat the symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Talk to your doctor about medications that can help relieve the pain of arthritis. Lifestyle changes, including exercise and diet, can help with arthritis symptoms. Arthritis Today discusses dozens of supplements that may provide relief and slow the symptoms of arthritis. Some patients do well with physical therapy while others may need surgery to overcome debilitating symptoms. It’s important to work closely with your doctor to establish the best regimen for your symptoms.
If you would life more information on treating and managing your arthritis, visit us online at the Medical Center of Lewisville Human Motion Institute. We offer rehabilitation and surgical services and our goal is to help patients get back to their daily functioning as safely and quickly as possible! You can also give us a call at 972-420-1800.