For such a wide-spread and unfortunately common disease, there is a lot of inaccurate information floating around about arthritis. In a 2-Part series we’re going to take a look at 7 misconceptions, as listed by Carol Eustice on about.com’s Information on Arthritis, that just seem to persist.
1. Misconception: Arthritis is an old person’s disease
Fact: Anyone can have arthritis. The most common misconception about arthritis is that it’s a disease only of old people. In actuality arthritis affects people of all ages.
Read more: The Face of Juvenile Arthritis.
2. Misconception: Arthritis is induced by a cold, wet climate
Fact: Climate itself is neither the cause, nor the cure. Moving to a warm, dry climate has been regarded by many as the cure for arthritis. Logically, one can infer that if a warm climate cured arthritis, then no one in Southern California or other warm regions would have arthritis.
Bone rubbing on bone after cartilage has worn away causes pain in any climate.
However, it’s true that warmth can be soothing, so people with arthritis often feel better in warm climates. Since warmth can relieve arthritis symptoms, soaking in a warm tub or enjoying the heat from a shower can also help.
3. Misconception: Arthritis can be cured.
Fact: There has been no scientific evidence that a cure for arthritis exists.
The notion that arthritis can be cured is a fallacy. To date, there is no known cure for the disease. Much has been discovered in terms of better treatment options, prevention, and even slowing down the disease process, but nothing permanently cures the disease yet.
Part of the issue is that there are over 100 different types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Thus, the prognoses are varied and the “cures” will have to be just as varied.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with arthritis, learning about the facts of the disease will help you in your overall understanding of what to expect, and how to manage it. Simple changes in managing your activities of daily living can make a big difference.
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