Posted on 11/26/2019 in Back Injury

7 Facts You Should Know About Arthritis

7 Facts You Should Know About Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition in which joint inflammation occurs. Despite some popular misconceptions, arthritis is not a single disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis that affect people of all ages. If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, it is important to find out everything you can about this condition. In this article, we gathered seven facts you should know about arthritis.

1. Myths about arthritis can lead to wrong or untimely treatment

Do you think that arthritis affects only the elderly? False. Or maybe you have heard that arthritis can cause only minor painful sensations? This is not true again. Did anyone ever tell you that you can cure common forms of arthritis with the help of diet changes alone? Although some forms of arthritis, like arthropathy that is associated with celiac disease, can be treated with a gluten-free diet, this method can’t be applied to other forms of arthritis. These and a lot of other misconceptions and myths about arthritis may limit you in getting the proper arthritis treatment. 

2. You should visit a rheumatologist 

If you have noticed certain symptoms of arthritis, your primary care provider may refer you to a rheumatologist. If your health insurance allows it, you can also make an appointment with a rheumatologist through self-referral. This examination and evaluation are very important because it is the only way you can find out the type of arthritis you have and start the appropriate treatment.

3. Most types of arthritis can’t be completely cured

Despite the fact that some forms of arthritis, such as Lyme arthritis, may be cured with antibiotics, there is no single treatment method or medication that is able to cure most types of arthritis. Treatment can help relieve pain, manage arthritis symptoms, slow the development of the disease, and decrease damage or deformation of the joints, but it still can’t completely cure arthritis.

4. Timely diagnosis and treatment is very important

There are many different types of arthritis and a lot of treatment options. So it is essential to correctly diagnose and treat the early stages of the disease. A delay in diagnosis and treatment will most likely only worsen your arthritis symptoms. If the patient is timely diagnosed and treated, there is a bigger chance to avoid serious joint damage and possible disability.

5. Finding the best treatment is done by trial and error

When treating arthritis, you should remember two important points. The response of each patient varies depending on the arthritis medications or other arthritis treatment methods. It means that what works for one person may be completely useless for another. Moreover, in order to find the most reliable and effective medication, you need to weigh all the pros and cons of every option.

6. Arthritis may cause physical limitations that affect daily activity

More than 43.5 percent of adults diagnosed with arthritis say it limits their daily activity. Some limitations interfere with normal physical activities of daily living. People with arthritis may experience difficulties while bending, walking, and climbing stairs. That means that cleaning, cooking, personal hygiene, and other common tasks may be affected.

7. A healthy lifestyle and managing emotions can positively affect arthritis

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important for living well with arthritis. Exercise regularly, try to reduce stress, give up smoking and get enough sleep. Moreover, when you try to cope with chronic pain, so many emotions arise. You may feel anger, depression, resentment, isolation, fear and a lot of other unpleasant sensations. But it is important to understand that the effects of arthritis go beyond physical limitations. Try to maintain a positive mood and not despair.

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