There are many people who don’t know what the word arthritis means. Arth means joint. Itis means inflammation.
Arthritis affects one in every seven Americans. What most people don’t realize is that arthritis doesn’t just affect elderly adults. Arthritis affects people of all ages, including children.
Many people think that if you move to a warmer, drier climate it can cure your arthritis, but this is just another myth. Arthritis occurs in all parts of the world. Many people do notice that a difference in the weather can cause their arthritis to flare, but for most people, moving to a different climate does not make a big enough difference to move.
Arthritis affects different people in different ways. Some people think if you have arthritis you have stiffness, fatigue, swelling of the joints, etc. Most people have those symptoms at some point, but it depends on the person. People respond to different treatments differently.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It affects more than 20 million people.
Arthritis has many warning signs you can watch for, such as: pain, stiffness, occasional swelling, and difficulty moving a joint. If you have these signs for more than two weeks you need to get to your doctor. Only a doctor can diagnose you with arthritis.
Common arthritis medications can cure arthritis. This is another myth. Although many common arthritis medications can improve your health and help keep your arthritis under control, there is still no arthritis medication that can completely cure your arthritis.
One common myth is that arthritis is not a serious health problem. Arthritis is a serious health problem. Arthritis is the most common type of chronic disease. Arthritis affects one in every six Americans.
A common myth about arthritis is that people with arthritis should not exercise. This is not true. Everybody needs exercise, even people with arthritis. Exercise is very important to people with arthritis. Exercise helps keep your joints moving, keep the muscles around your joints strong, and improves your overall health.
~If all one can do when coping with arthritis is ‘walk’ that alone is helpful for the body~ I do apologize for not keeping note of the site where I found this information. My neck is full of arthritis and my lower back has degenerative tissue. I am a huge believer in fitness and doing an exercise workout. I enjoy my power walks and going to the GYM and just feel better than if I were to just sit and be inactive.