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Whenever we think of the word arthritis, we tend to associate it with elderly having stiffness and pain in their joints. Or you might have heard that your grandpa commenting how it’s going to rain soon cause his arthritis is acting up. Are these just myths or facts? 

To gain a clearer understanding of arthritis, did you know that there are more than 100 different types of arthritis? Arthritis can be divided into mainly 4 categories – degenerative, inflammatory, infectious and metabolic. Treatment varies widely for each type of arthritis. Though there is no sure-proof way to prevent arthritis, we can reduce the risk of having arthritis! Maintaining a healthy weight, taking health supplements and food rich in vitamins D are just some of the many ways! 

#1 Arthritis only affects older people

Kids as young as six months old can get arthritis too! The most common type of arthritis, degenerative arthritis – a result of ageing, affects older people. However, it can affect people who play sports as a result of wear and tear. But for inflammatory arthritis, it can affect anyone regardless of age.

#2 Arthritis is when you have joint pain

Other than arthritis, there are other conditions which can cause pain in the joints such as tendonitis, bursitis and other injuries. If you experience prolonged pain in your knees or other joints, do not simply dismiss it as arthritis! Look for a recommended orthopaedic or a pain specialist in Singapore. There might be some underlying conditions or issues that need to be treated.

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#3 Your arthritis worsens when it rains

There is a belief that weather can affect arthritis; some even believe that they can predict the weather much better than the weather forecast! However, so far there isn’t any scientific evidence to prove that rainy days affects the level of arthritis pain.

#4 Cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis

Some of us just love cracking our knuckles and it became a habit. But have you heard your mom discouraging you from cracking your knuckles for fear that it might lead to arthritis? Other than knuckles, we do hear an occasional popping sound from other joints in our body – knees, elbow etc. Cracking your knuckles is akin to the popping sound you hear from your knees when you stretch out your legs – it’s painless and harmless! Sound is created when you apply pressure on your knuckles, bursting the bubble of nitrogen gas that was trapped in the fluid of your joints. However, if cracking your knuckles produces pain, do consult a doctor as there might be abnormalities in your joint.

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#5 Exercising is not good for arthritis

People with arthritis should avoid rigorous exercise, but that does not mean they should cut out exercise entirely! Working out can help them to maintain a healthy weight, and lessen the stress on knees and other joints which bears the weight. Some exercises recommended for people with arthritis includes tai chi, yoga, pilates and more!