Top 5 Myths About Arthritis!

When it comes to arthritis there are many myths, however, over my 20 years in practice at Downtown’s Healthcare, here are my top 5 arthritis myths.

1. All arthritis is an auto immune condition: This is actually false. The number one form of arthritis is osteo-arthritis. More people have this condition than any other form of arthritis It’s the “wear and tear” that happens when your joints are not functioning properly. It usually happens with age, but it can also come from joint injuries or obesity, which puts extra stress on your joints. Joints that bear weight — such as your knees, hips, feet, and spine — are the most common places it affects. It often comes on gradually over months or years. It makes the affected joint hurt.

2. Popping your knuckles will cause arthritis – The myth that “cracking joints” will cause osteoarthritis is very common. However, according to WebMD, knuckle popping is annoying to other people but it is not harmful and does not cause arthritis. “If cracking is accompanied by pain, there could be underlying abnormalities of the structures of the joint, such as loose cartilage or injured ligaments.

3. Don’t worry about minor pain – Many people downplay their joint pain and accept that it’s just something they have to live with. However, this type of pain should not be ignored. Osteo-arthritis is typically caused from a joint not moving properly or restricted in movement. Over the years I have seen this type of arthritis respond very well to conservative care such as chiropractic, rehab, and exercises. If you suffer with what you think is arthritis I recommend having a consultation and exam to determine what the actual diagnosis is. If one does have arthritis, conservative treatment can decrease and or eliminate pain and stop the condition from worsening. Ignoring joint pain could lead to further joint deterioration and may lead to a serious diminishment is the quality and quantity of one’s life. Many people get addicted to pain medications such as opioids and the condition can deteriorate to a point of one having to have a joint replacement in the future.

4. All joint pain is arthritis – There are several other conditions that can cause joint pain such as tendinitis, bursitis or other soft-tissue injuries, celiac disease, etc. Schedule an appointment with our providers to discover the right diagnosis and treatment.

5. Arthritis is irreversible – That has been the case until regenerative therapy (Stem cell) came along. We have been seeing amazing results with this therapy the last few years. I have been stating to patients for years to always be as conservative as possible when it comes to treatment. This especially goes for people who are facing arthritic joints and considering joint replacement. One can always have the surgery, but I have seen many cases in which a joint replacement surgery was canceled after having received a stem cell treatment. In fact, if you would like more information on regenerative therapy (stem cell) treatment, we host dinner talks every month where you can get more information on this amazing treatment option.

Gary Rademacher D.C., CCST

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