5 Common Myths About Your Joints
More that 40 million Americans suffer from arthritis (that’s about 1 in 5!) It affects men, women, and even children. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, or OA. The pain, aches, and stiffness that come from arthritis can make everyday living difficult. Of course a disease this common comes a lot of myths. Some have truth within them, while others are completely false. Read on for the five popular myths surrounding joints, joint pain, and arthritis.
I Can Predict the Weather Because of My Arthritis
This myth is actually true. The phrase “The weather’s changing, I can feel it in my bones” actually does hold weight. Barometric pressure change or temperature change can cause arthritis to flare up (Barometric pressure is the weight of the atmosphere). Studies show that every 10 degree drop in temperature, there is a significant increase in joint and arthritis pain. So when your grandmother says “It’s going to rain today,” you should probably take an umbrella.
Take It Easy If You Have Arthritis
Many people believe that exercising will aggravate arthritis pain. This is only partially true. While going from 0 to 60 will cause more pain, gentle exercise every day is actually beneficial in helping ease arthritis pain. Studies show that one of the main causes of arthritis is inactivity. Regular exercise will help your body maintain a full range of motion, among other health benefits. You should exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Engage in low-impact exercises such as walking, stretching, swimming, gardening, etc.
Popping Your Knuckles Will Give You Arthritis
Everyone’s mother told them to stop popping their knuckles because it would give them arthritis. This myth has no basis in fact. Knuckle popping is annoying to those around you, but it is not harmful. If you do experience pain while popping your knuckles, you may have other problems such as loose cartilage or injured ligaments, and you should probably have those examined by your doctor.
All Joint Pain Is Arthritis
This is another false myth. There are many things that can cause joint pain, among them injury, tendonitis, Lyme disease, lupus, and bursitis. Whatever is causing your pain is a problem that needs to be corrected. Visit your doctor so that you can have a proper diagnosis, and proper treatment for you condition. It is important to treat the condition correctly and quickly, as delaying treatment or giving the incorrect treatment can lead to more intense problems.