Joint pain affects a wide variety of people, and for a number of reasons—including sports injuries, diseases, and conditions such as arthritis. Plenty of research and treatment options exist, but many people who suffer from joint pain still believe popular myths to be true. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about joint pain and arthritis:
1. If you experience joint pain, you have arthritis.
For a proper diagnosis, consult a rheumatologist. Your joint pain may be a result of bursitis, tendonitis, or soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains.
2. Only elderly adults experience joint pain.
While many older people do suffer from joint pain, children can also experience arthritis. These conditions are not specific to any age.
3. You can get arthritis from cracking your knuckles.
Though many parents and grandparents may advise children differently, research has shown no connection between knuckle cracking and arthritis.
4. Rainy weather makes joint pain worse.
Some people who suffer from arthritis may claim that their knees can feel when it’s about to rain. However, no studies indicate that humidity or dampness in the air make joint pain more intense.
5. If you have joint pain, you shouldn’t exercise.
Rest may seem like the logical response to arthritis or joint pain. However, physical activity can help make your joints more flexible and actually reduce your symptoms. In fact, lack of exercise is one of the main causes of arthritis. Simple low-impact movements can improve your condition in the long run.
If you experience persistent joint pain, stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment option. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints.
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