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.