Arthritis, which can be traced to genetics, activities, and weight as well as age and gender likelihoods, is caused by the wear and tear of joint cartilage. It can be accelerated by injury, obesity, and constant motions at work or even during sports activities that wear on the joints. General symptoms of arthritis may include:
It’s estimated that 23% of all adults in the United States - that’s 54 million people - have arthritis. Even so, there are many different myths surrounding arthritis – let’s take a look at some of them.
While arthritis is common, especially with age and after injury, there are soft-tissue injuries and other conditions such as tendonitis and bursitis that could be the cause of joint pain.
Both heat and cold can reduce the inflammation, pain, and stiffness that comes with arthritis. Heat can be helpful in that it dilates blood vessels which stimulates blood circulation. Heat can also reduce muscle spasms. You could put dry heat (heating pads or heat lamps) or moist heat (warm baths, heated washcloths). Cold packs constrict blood vessels, reducing swelling and numbing deep pain.
While a short rest can be beneficial, regular exercise can help you to keep muscles strong and keep the range of motion in your joints. When movement is especially painful, take a break, but then commit to resuming activities – perhaps with a knee brace or knee compression sleeve to aid the pain.
You may read or hear a variety of things that people tend to talk about as cures for arthritis – everything from grapefruit, rum-soaked raisins, to eggplant or other “nightshade” vegetables – and none of it is founded in the truth. There are no cures, but some things may help with managing symptoms.
While some people do report being sensitive to damp, rainy weather, not everyone with arthritis can feel a storm coming. Humidity doesn’t necessarily correlate with arthritis pain according to scientific studies.
Curcumin, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, and chondroitin sulfate are sometimes brought up in discussions about arthritis because of their anti-inflammatory, pain relief, and other helpful properties. Even though these may have useful benefits, they might not be applicably beneficial to every case and cause of arthritis. Some supplements can aid in the regrowth of worn-out cartilage.
There are actually more than 100 different kinds of arthritis, and even more “arthritis-related conditions.” Some common types of arthritis include:
There is a whole range of severity in the symptoms of arthritis, depending on the type, individual, and various circumstances.
While age causes the likelihood of having arthritis to go up, RA affects those as young as 16, and it is not completely uncommon to have issues in middle age – around 40 – with certain forms.
This is absolutely not true. Especially with the care of a doctor, and the best support tools like Physix Gear’s knee brace and knee sleeves - you can continue to live a very active lifestyle and enjoy many or all of the same activities you have enjoyed and more!