Breaking myths about arthritis!
Did you know that arthritis is the No. 1 cause of disability in the U.S. and affects over 50 million Americans which includes 300,000 children? The extent of harm that this disease has caused has not yet been realized by most of us. Here, we break some common myths on arthritis.
Myth: Only older people get arthritis.
False. This is probably one of the biggest myths about this debilitating disease. Anyone of any age can get arthritis though it becomes more common as one ages. In fact, you will be surprised to know that there are infants, children and teens suffering from juvenile arthritis.
Myth: Arthritis can’t be prevented.
This is partially true. You may not be able to totally prevent the disease but the good news is that you can delay its onset by trying to reduce risk factors.
Myth: The only symptom of arthritis is joint pain
False. Arthritis is not just about joint pain, it affects the body in many other ways as well. It creates sluggishness, fatigue, migraines and mental fog.
Myth: There is only one form of arthritis.
False. There are over 100 varieties of arthritis and they are the result of diverse factors and must be treated differently.
Myth: Arthritis medication is bad.
False. When a doctor prescribes medication, this is after giving it plenty of thought on the best course of treatment. These are needed to alleviate symptoms and slow the progress of the disease. It’s important that medication is taken, and instructions followed.
Myth: If you face joint pain and swelling, wait to see if they go away.
False. Once you see the symptoms, the earlier you start treatment, the better. When you have an early diagnosis and treatment, you may save more joints. Certain types of arthritis can harm your heart and other organs. Therefore, it’s important to identify the type of arthritis and get the right treatment in time.