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Common Myths About Arthritis

A common ailment that we often associate with the aging population is arthritis. You may recall your grandparents or parents complain of arthritis pain. At times, even proclaiming that they knew when rain or poor weather was coming, all due to the fact that their arthritis had flared up. According to the CDC, nearly 50% of adults age 65 and older report being diagnosed with arthritis by a physician. In this post, we hope to tackle some myths regarding this condition.


What is Arthritis?


Arthritis is the inflammation (or swelling) of the joints. There are over 100 types of arthritis that exist; however, the most common in those over the age of 50 is Osteoarthritis. Also referred to as wear and tear arthritis, Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage, which acts as a cushion between the bones, experience a breakdown. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and mobility issues.


Myth 1: Does weather affect Arthritis?


If you ask anyone who suffers with arthritis, they would tell you that the weather does in fact affect their arthritis. People typically complain of worsening symptoms just days before rainy or damp weather. The link between arthritis and weather isn’t quite clear, however, studies have shown that patients have experienced increased pain with every ten degree drop in temperature.


Myth 2: Does soaking in Epsom salt really work?


If you or someone you know suffers with arthritis, then you know that Epsom salt is an essential. Adding Epsom salt to a warm bath has been known to provide relief and relaxation to stiff joints. Studies have shown that mineral baths help to increase certain cells that mediate inflammation and enhance circulation.


Myth 3: Does arthritis only affect older people?


While arthritis mostly affects older adults, younger people can also be affected by the condition as well. The causes of Osteoarthritis in younger people can be attributed to a number of factors such as obesity, family history, sports, and jobs that put pressure on the joints to name a few.


Do you suffer with arthritis? What are some remedies that have helped to improve your symptoms? Leave a comment!


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Sources:

https://www.drrobertlending.com/different-types-of-arthritis/





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