Home » Diet and Nutrition News & Advice » 10 Common Osteoarthritis Myths

10 Common Osteoarthritis Myths

Diet and Nutrition News & Advice, Featured, Fitness News & Advice, Mobile Slider Featured

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease, affecting more than 20 million Americans from the age of 25 to seniors.  This degenerative disorder occurs when the smooth joint cartilage surrounding the joint breaks downs and wears away. As a result, spurs grow and jut out from the edge of the bone, and the amount of synovial fluid (or lubrication) in the joint increases, causing painfully inflamed rubbing and friction between the joint and bones.

Osteoarthritis predominantly affects the weight-bearing joints—commonly the knees, hips, cervical and lumbosacral spine, feet, and hip joints. As a result it can be painfully affect simple tasks and virtually drain your lifestyle. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the facts about the disease, in addition to these ten popular, but untrue, myths surrounding the painful condition…

1. If I’m active I can’t develop Osteoarthritis

Exercise and an active lifestyle are imperative to a healthy body and mind. However, many amateur and professional athletes are stricken with Osteoarthritis when seriously injured on the sports field. For example, an athlete who suffers a knee injury increases his or her risk of developing osteoarthritis by more than 50-percent during a lifetime.

Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat

  • 6 Treatments for Hyperthyroidism
    You've probably heard of the thyroid, but you may not be as familiar with the condition known as hyperthyroidism, which involves the thyroid gland producing an unnecessary amount...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Ways to De-Stress at a Desk
    Work and stress often go hand-in-hand. Between the time pressure of deadlines, multi-tasking, and the challenges of managing relationships with co-workers and bosses, both the body...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 5 Soothing Ways to Relieve Muscle Cramps
    Being woken up in the middle of the night by the pain of a muscle cramp in the calf or foot is something most people know all too well.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Breathe Through These 6 Health Indicators Linked to the Diaphragm
    The website of Dr. Ginger Garner explains that your diaphragm "measures mere millimeters in thickness," but it has sweeping influence over bodily systems that can "ultimately...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Treatments for Scleroderma
    Scleroderma is a type of skin disease that can result in the skin becoming abnormally hard and tight, sometimes resulting in redness, discomfort, and pain.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 8 Iron-Rich Foods That Aren’t Meat
    Iron, an essential mineral that helps to transport oxygen throughout the body, comes in two dietary forms: heme and non-heme.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Foods to Avoid When Suffering from Shingles
    Shingles is no fun at all for adults – it's caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, which can become dormant for years and reappear as this painful nerve condition.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Things to Know About Conjunctivitis in Children
    Conjunctivitis, often referred to as pinkeye, doesn't necessarily have the redness of the eyes that the name implies.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 7 Aphasia Therapies and Treatments to Talk About
    Aphasia is the inability to properly communicate orally or through writing, usually as the result of a stroke or another medical problem.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Symptoms of Migraines in Children
    We often associate migraine headaches with adulthood (even though they're actually the most common acute headache in kids), from the stresses of work and life.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Brain-Boosting Activities to Help Prevent Alzheimer's
    In the United States, Alzheimer’s disease affects one in 10 people aged 65 and older. Despite how common it is, scientists have yet to discover what causes the development and...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Simple Ways to Prevent Jet Lag
    Embarking on an international trip is an exciting time. The stress of planning is done and the plane has taken off; time to sit back and relax.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Signs and Symptoms of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
    Non-melanoma skin cancer—a term used to describe basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)—affects more than 3.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Don't Sniff at These 7 Causes of Dry Nose
    If you're the type that always seems to have dry nostrils and nasal passages – even when you're probably hydrated – it can be a bit frustrating.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Don't Be Confused by These 8 Delirium Causes
    "Delirium" is a term often used for someone who is not in their right mind, and often there are underlying health factors.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice