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Top 7 Arthritis Myths And Misconceptions People Still Believe Category: Rheumatoid Arthritis & Inflammatory Conditions by - May 21, 2016 | Views: 42354 | Likes: 0 | Comment: 0  

3. Cracking knuckles causes arthritis 

How many times have you cracked your knuckles and someone warned you not to do it because you might get arthritis? Cracking joints is a largely misunderstood phenomenon. Painless cracking of knuckles isn’t harmful. In fact, experts point out that knuckle cracking is neither harmful nor beneficial. More specifically, it doesn’t cause arthritis. Joint cracking usually occurs as a result of a negative pressure pulling nitrogen gas temporarily into the joint which isn’t considered harmful.

4. Arthritis sufferers should avoid exercising 

To most people it seems logical that joint pain requires resting and avoiding any type of physical activity. Although rest is important, you should still avoid prolonged periods of inactivity. In fact, spending too much time in your bed can only aggravate the pain you experience.

Numerous studies have confirmed the importance of exercise for arthritis. For example, Jennifer K. Cooney and team of scientists of the Bangor University, UK published a review of studies on rheumatoid arthritis and exercise in the Journal of Aging Research. Their findings showed that exercise is highly beneficial for people with rheumatoid arthritis and it provides:

  • Improved cardiorespiratory fitness 
  • Improved cardiovascular health 
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Reduced adiposity 
  • Improved strength and physical functioning 

All benefits mentioned above are achieved without exacerbation of arthritis activity and joint damage. Low-impact exercises are best for people with arthritis.

5. I can cure arthritis with anti-inflammatory spices 

Spices have been used for centuries for culinary and medical purposes. Some spices have anti-inflammatory properties, leading to the common myth that one can use spices as an effective cure for arthritis. Although taking spices can’t hurt and they won’t aggravate your condition, it’s important to bear in mind that arthritis can be managed, not cured. Spices may provide joint pain relief, but they have no ability to completely wipe out arthritis from your body.

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