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Common myths about arthritis

Arthritis is a disease of the elderly people.
Wrong.
Arthritis can affect any age group. The commonest arthritis; osteoarthritis which is caused due to wear and tear of the joint cartilage is seen mainly in the elderly population. However, the other types of arthritis (Rheumatoid arthritis, reactive arthritis etc) are commonly seen in the younger age group. Rheumatoid arthritis has a juvenile variant and as the name suggests is seen in children.
Arthritis is caused by eating curd, citrus fruits etc.
Wrong.
Arthritis is not caused by any of the routine foodstuffs. However, an occasional person may be sensitive to citrus fruit/ curd & may have some minor joint complaints after consumption of the same. However these complaints last for a maximum of a day or two & have no chronic implications.
Arthritis is caused by cold weather.
Wrong.
Arthritis is not caused by cold weather. Yes, one can have some amount stiffness in cold weather. But it does not cause arthritis. In fact, that way, everyone in Kashmir would have had arthritis. Patients with arthritis should however protect themselves from cold as it increases the stiffness of the joints.
Arthritis has no treatment.
Wrong.
With scientific advances, today there are numerous medicines for each and every type of arthritis. Patients with arthritis do have a remission with treatment.
For an arthritis patient, exercise is a big ‘No’ as it would increase the pain.
Wrong.
In fact, it is absolutely essential that an arthritis patient is involved in a daily exercise schedule. Exercises will reduce the joint stiffness and maintain flexibility. It is always better to consult a physiotherapist and learn graded execises as per the status of your arthritis.
Arthritis is a disease of the female sex.
Wrong.
Non degenerative type of arthritis is more commonly seen in females. However, it can and does occur in males as well.
Arthritis is caused by poor diet.
Wrong.
Except gout, there is no evidence that any particular diet causes arthritis.

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Created on: April 2007
Last updated on: Feb 2015
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