Arthritis is a prevalent medical condition these days, which attacks joints, causing pain and inflammation in them. It has taken more than 180 million people in India under its clutches and its prevalence exceeds that of other grave diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and AIDS. Among the wide variations of Arthritis, the most common ones are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
Osteoarthritis turns grim when the cartilage between the bone joints is damaged. On the other hand, in rheumatoid arthritis, the joints in our body are attacked by our immune system. Apart from impacting the joints, it also poses threats to tendons, fibrous tissues, muscles, and connective tissues. It can appear prior to Osteoarthritis and is most probable to hit a human being between 20-40 years of age. It also hampers one’s day-to-day activities.
Every year, World Arthritis Day is observed on October 12 to spread awareness among the masses about the ailment, its impact, and musculoskeletal diseases arising due to this. On this occasion, senior and renowned Orthopaedic surgeons have busted common myths associated with this disease.
Myth no.1- Arthritis is prevalent only in adults
Fact: Although Arthritis is mostly observed in adults, people of any age can fall prey to this disease. Rheumatoid Arthritis is most common in people falling in the age range of 20-40 years.
Myth No. 2- Hurting joints are the early signs of Arthritis
Fact: Absolutely fallacious. Not all joint pains are caused due to Arthritis, and prevailing joint pain does not directed towards the fact that Arthritis will surface later. There are other factors as well, which the joint pain may be attributed to, including tendinitis, injuries, and bursitis.
Myth No. 3- People suffering from Arthritis should avoid exercising
Fact: This is not completely true that people suffering from Arthritis need to avoid exercise and other modes of physical activity. Yes, they should consult their doctor before initiating any kind of physical activity. Exercise facilitates joint strength and can assist in maintaining the range of motion.