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Myths and Facts About Arthritis

You’ve done your own research, read an article or two, and talked to your friends and family about arthritis and the pain you feel in your bones and joints, but how do you know you’re getting the right information and advice? You don’t want to be guessing when it comes to arthritis and the painful symptoms associated with it. Instead, get informed and take control of your arthritis. 

Our team of four doctors and three physician’s assistants at Rincon Pain and Spine is dedicated to not only treating your arthritis but equipping you with the best information about your condition. 

Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about arthritis and the truth behind the myths:

Myth #1: Only the elderly develop arthritis

Fact: You can develop arthritis even at a young age.

While it’s true that arthritis is more common in older people and your risk increases as you age, arthritis has been found in young people and athletes. The Arthritis Foundation found that 300,000 babies and children have some form of arthritis or a rheumatic condition. Signs and symptoms of arthritis have also been found in athletes as they tend to overuse and put stress on their joints. 

Myth #2: Arthritis is a single disease

Fact: Arthritis is a disease with many risk factors and causes.

Arthritis is a term used to indicate joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. There are over 100 types of arthritis and conditions that lead to arthritis. Though the joint pain can develop from a range of causes, the most common include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Of the 54 million Americans diagnosed with arthritis, 31 million have osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis has earned the name wear-and-tear arthritis because it occurs as your cartilage gradually deteriorates over time. Without cartilage, your bones rub against each other, causing pain and inflammation. 

Rheumatoid arthritis

This type of arthritis is caused by an autoimmune condition that results in significant joint pain and inflammation. This occurs because your immune cells attack and destroy the lining of your joint capsule. If left untreated, rheumatoid arthritis can destroy the cartilage and bone in the affected joint.

Gout, psoriatic arthritis, and septic arthritis are other types of arthritis. 

Myth #3: I shouldn’t exercise if I have arthritis

Fact: Exercise is an effective treatment for alleviating arthritis pain.

It might seem strange that exercise is on the list of effective arthritis treatments, but the truth is that exercise promotes symptom relief and enhances your overall health. If you exercise regularly, you’ll likely lose weight. This reduces the stress you put on your joints and alleviates pain and swelling. 

Additionally, consistent activity strengthens and improves the flexibility of the muscles surrounding your painful joints, reducing the amount of pain you feel. 

Myth #4: I can wait to see the doctor for my joint pain

Fact: Delaying care for joint pain can exacerbate your condition and increase your risk of permanent damage.

You might think joint pain is just a part of getting older or being active. This is far from the truth. Sudden, severe, or lasting joint pain shouldn’t be ignored. Our team is ready to meet with you, discuss your symptoms, and provide you with the best treatment plan. 

We offer a comprehensive list of treatment options including: 

We tailor your treatment plan to your specific needs and symptoms, so you know that you’re receiving the best care possible. 

Getting early treatment from one of our medical professionals is the best way to ensure lasting relief from your symptoms. If you’d like to learn more or are ready to get started with treatment, call our office or schedule an appointment online today to get started.

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