Arthritis is a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide. There are lot of myths and misconceptions regarding arthritis which prevent patients from seeking help leading to complications. In this blog, I will try to dispel the most prevalent myths and try to shed light on the realities of this condition.
Myth1: Arthritis effects only elderly people.
While joint pains may be more prevalent among elderly, it can affect people of all ages including children. Autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis tend to occur more commonly in younger individuals.
Myth 2: Dietary restrictions help in the management of arthritis.
While diet restriction is advised in certain conditions like gout, majority of joint pains are unrelated to diet.
Myth 3: There is no treatment for arthritis
While there is no cure for arthritis there are various treatment options for patients including medicines, physical therapy, lifestyle modifications and assistive devices. Early diagnosis and treatment can give relief from pain as-well prevent complications like joint deformities.
Myth 4: Cold weather causes joint pains
Many people believe that cold weather exacerbates joint pains. While some patients may experience increased discomfort during colder months scientific evidence linking cold weather to joint pain is limited.The key is to to focus on maintaining joint health through out the year by staying active, managing weigh and following appropriate treatment plans.
Myth 5: Exercise worsens joint pains
Regular exercise is one of the best ways to manage joint pain and maintain joint health. Exercises help to strengthen muscle around joins, improve flexibility and reduce pain. It also helps in weight management whereby it reduces stress on joints like hips and knees and help reduce pain in theses areas
-DR. ANUJA RAJAN
Rheumatologist in Aster Clinic, Discovery Gardens