7 Myths About Joint Pain and Limited Mobility

Reply Sat 9 Jul, 2011 03:28 am
1. Exercise is bad for people with arthritis:

This is FALSE. Doctors have worked long and hard to create exercise programs that are ideal for arthritis patients, allowing them to exercise effectively without straining their already painful joints. One of the main causes of arthritis is immobility or a lack of physical activity, and getting more activity will make the joints more flexible and moveable over time.

2. All joint pain is arthritis:

Again, this is FALSE. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, but some joint pain is not even related to arthritis. All arthritis includes joint pain, but it does not work the other way around. Joint pain can be a sign of injury, bursitis, and many other health issues beyond arthritis.

3. Healthy diets prevent arthritis:

FALSE. While eating healthy can keep your body at a good weight and a healthy level, it isn’t going to directly protect you from arthritis. There are many causes of arthritis, but a certain type of diet hasn’t been shown to have a direct link to either causing or preventing arthritis.

4. Once you are diagnosed with arthritis, there’s nothing you can really do:

Yet again, we have another FALSE statement. Just because you are diagnosed with arthritis doesn’t mean that you have to live with it. You can take glucosamine and chondroitin supplements like MX High Potency Joint Aid and reap the rewards of joint health improvements. You can still exercise and stay mobile to ensure that you are stricken by limited mobility. There is plenty that you can do to have a full, normal life with arthritis.

5. Arthritis is caused by calcium deficiency:

FALSE, calcium helps build strong bones, and therefore prevents osteoporosis, which is a bone disease. Arthritis is a joint disease and doesn’t necessarily have any relation to calcium deficiency.

6. Cracking joints causes arthritis:

FALSE. When you crack your knuckles or other joints, you are releasing a nitrogen bubble, and there is no real effect on your synovial fluid or other parts of the joint that will lead to degeneration and the development of arthritis.

7. Hyper-mobility (being ‘double jointed’) can cause arthritis:

Chalk it up for one more FALSE statement. In some cases, hyper-mobility can cause serious injuries if people aren’t careful, but there is no research that points to it being related to an arthritis diagnosis or to people with this type of ability being more prone to developing joint health issues.

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Reply Sat 9 Jul, 2011 09:55 pm
Two things; first who was the idiot who thumbed down this thread? You ought to be ashamed of yourself. Second, just about everyone I know over the age of sixty has some form of arthritis, and this thread presents a positive perspective towards a potentially debilitating disease. Good show to the author for providing hope for arthritics.
Reply Sat 9 Jul, 2011 10:10 pm
Why ask. He who thumbed it down won't see your comment either.
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