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Busting myths on Arthritis!

 
  By : , Kochi , India       15.10.2018         Phone:0484 669 9999          Mail Now
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Dr Joe Thomas,
Consultant Rheumatologist,
Aster Medcity, Kochi

Today, Google gives access to a lot of information. But a layman finds it difficult to differentiate between misinformation or myths and facts, especially when it comes to medical conditions. Arthritis is one such disease that is said to be a disease of old age, a condition affecting only joints, that milk and curd aggravate the pain, etc. So this is an attempt to bust some myths around arthritis.

Myth 1: Arthritis is one single disease

Arthritis is not a single condition but can be of many types. It could be due to crystals in the joint, gout, autoimmune rheumatoid arthritis, virus-caused arthritis or many other kinds of the disease. The proper treatment of arthritis can only start after the diagnosis of the type of arthritis.

Myth 2: Arthritis is a disease of old age

Arthritis can happen in children, in teen, in middle age, in fact at any age. While the risk increases with age, people of any age can get arthritis.

Myth 3: Diet has no effect on arthritis

There are foods that can help manage the pain of arthritis which results from inflammation. Some foods like fish, olive oil, whole grains, fruits and vegetables have been shown to help alleviate the pain in arthritis. 

Myth 4: All joint pain is arthritis

Arthritis describes different types of inflammatory as well as non-inflammatory joint diseases with pain and debilitation caused by inflammation in joints and surrounding tissue that causes. The right term is therefore rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Non-inflammatory arthritis consist of degenerative spine diseases, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Inflammatory forms include rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and connective tissue diseases. There are also some conditions that have similar symptoms like tendonitis and lupus.

Myth 5: Damage to joints can’t be prevented

Early diagnois and medication, including anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs can help reduce inflammation, relieve painful symptoms, and prevent joint damage.

Myth 6: Glucosamine supplements rebuilds joints

Glucosamine is a natural compound found in the joints and cartilage around. Patients think taking it as a supplement in the form of a pill helps to rebuild joints. But it doesn’t reach the joints taken orally and it doesn't restore joints. So there is no need to take this expensive supplement!




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