7 things you may not know about arthritis

7 things you may not know about arthritis

7 things you may not know about arthritis, know myths and facts about arthritis

New Delhi. World Arthritis Day is celebrated every year on 12 October across the world. This day is done to spread awareness about this serious bone related disease among the people. Many programs are also organized on this day, in which programs are designed according to the theme of World Arthritis Day.

Today on this occasion we will know about some common myths related to arthritis, which everyone should know about.

Myth 1: Arthritis occurs only in old age

Fact: Arthritis is usually common in the elderly, but it can strike people at any age. Rheumatoid arthritis tends to be present in people aged 20-40 years.

Myth 2: If your joints hurt, it's arthritis.

Truth: This is not true. Not all joint pain is a sign of arthritis, and not all joint pain is a sign that it may lead to arthritis. There are many possible causes of pain in and around the joints, including tendinitis, bursitis, and injuries.

Myth 3: People with arthritis should not exercise.

Fact: Exercise is generally not an activity that people with arthritis should avoid, although they should talk to their doctor before starting a workout. Exercise can help maintain range of motion and strength in the joints. Exercise should be done even if you have arthritis. People who have arthritis and exercise daily, they have less pain, more energy, sleep better and get better work done throughout the day.

Myth 4: Hot compresses are better than cold for joint pain

Truth: That's not true. Both cold and hot compresses provide relief to the joints. Hot compresses, if used properly, can reduce joint and muscle pain and stiffness. Cold compresses can help reduce joint swelling and pain. People should use hot compresses before exercising, when the joints are stiff and when they are in pain. Cold compresses can also relieve pain, but it can also provide relief when there is swelling in the joints, especially if the swelling has occurred after a lot of work.

Myth 5: Arthritis cannot be prevented

Fact: It is not possible to prevent every case of arthritis, as some risk factors, such as increasing age, cannot be modified. However, people can eliminate or reduce certain risk factors to prevent the onset of arthritis or slow its progression. For example, people who are overweight have an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee. Maintaining a weight consistent with your height can reduce your risk of arthritis. Smoking and tobacco are also associated with an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Therefore, quitting smoking will only benefit your health.

Myth 6: Once you get gout, you won't be able to do anything

Fact: Although there is often no cure for this disease, its course varies depending on the type of arthritis. There are medications available for many types of arthritis, which reduce the symptoms of the disease and may also help slow its progression. In addition, people can slow the progression of some types of arthritis by making some lifestyle changes, such as maintaining the right weight, quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep.

Myth 7: Climate Change Can Make Arthritis Worse

Fact: It has been consistently claimed that rain and damp weather make the symptoms of arthritis worse. However, this is not true, the weather does not affect everyone who suffers from arthritis.

Despite advances in the medical field, we still have a lot to learn and learn about arthritis. However, we do know that by exercising and maintaining a nutritious, balanced diet, we can reduce the risk of some types of arthritis and slow their progression.

Disclaimer: The advice and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.


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