May is Arthritis Awareness Month, and this is a great time to debunk four common myths about arthritis:
#1 Arthritis Only Affects 'Old People'
Anyone of any age can be affected by arthritis. The most common form is osteoarthritis, which is caused by wear and tear in the joints over time. But rheumatoid arthritis can happen at any time; this is an autoimmune disease that can occur anytime. Another common type is juvenile arthritis, which is an autoimmune disorder in children.
#2 Joint Health Is A Minor Issue
More than 67 million Americans will have arthritis by 2030, according to recent studies. Over time, arthritis is becoming the top cause of disability in the US.
#3 People With Arthritis Should Not Work Out
Wrong! According to the Arthritis Foundation, most people with arthritis can benefit from some type of regular exercise. That organization recommends starting with walking or water workouts.
Former football player Joe Montana suffers from osteoarthritis, and he lifts weights to work out. Resistance training can help to strengthen the joint and its surrounding tissues, so this can be an effective way to exercise too.
#4 Arthritis Can't Be Treated
There are many medications and treatments that can reduce pain and swelling. People with rheumatoid arthritis should get early treatment with medicine so that the progress of the disease can be slowed. Osteoarthritis treatments include losing weight, exercise, and various types of anti-inflammatories.
Overall, it is a good idea for people with arthritis to stay as active as they can. If you like to garden, please consider our Garden Scissors by Oxo Good Grips: