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Arthritis Prevention, Care and Myths

Hey there,

On 12th October, 2015 we had world arthritis day.

So, our team at cloudchowk decided that it was that time of the year where we tell you more about the disorder that affects and debilitates many. The disease affects 50 million people across the globe and that number is going to hit 67 million by the year 2030. In this post we talk about myths surrounding the disorder, but first, we want you to understand the disorder, like – What causes it? What are the signs and symptoms of first getting arthritis? And what you can do to prevent it.

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis is a disorder that affects the joints, it presents itself as pain and inflammation in the multiple joints. The causes of arthritis are multi factorial, mostly it is caused by the regular wear and tear of the cartilage between the joints, sometimes the cause is genetic, but the symptoms always remain the same.

The signs and symptoms of first getting arthritis

When a person gets arthritis, the first thing that happens is that they start to notice pain in the joints that are affected. Inflammation follows and one of the last signs to appear is the stiffness of the joints.

How to prevent arthritis?

Even though there is no sure shot way to prevent arthritis, however what you can do to help is simpler than you think.

1. Eat healthy
2. Do not exert your joints more than they are capable of
3. Eat the right power foods for bones and,
4. In case of an injury, get prompt medical attention.

Now, there are certain myths that go around with regards to the disorder. We thought we’d take a moment to clear the fog and help you see clearly what the disease is all about.

1. There is only one kind of arthritis

There are over 100 types of arthritis. So if you thought that there was only one you are off by about 99. Arthritis comes in many shapes and sizes. The most common type is osteoarthritis, which is caused by the gradual wear and tear that occurs in the joints throughout your life.

Another kind that is more common than you think and is a far more feared kind, rheumatoid arthritis. This is so because rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder,i.e. this is caused by your body’s immune system attacking its own components.

2. You cannot do anything about it

Well this is true in the sense that you cannot prevent the occurrence of the disease but you can most definitely reduce your risk by a rather large margin by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and by choosing to treat your body the way it should be treated.

What we want to say is that you can do the one thing that is immensely sensible, eat right, sleep right, maintain a healthy lifestyle and you will have a lower chance of developing the disease later in life.

3. Diet is never a factor

What you eat is who you are, but what you eat also affects your overall well being and the status of the disease. Eating healthy, powerful foods have been known to avert the risk factor for the disease and even helps you mitigate the risk factor for the disease.

Research suggests that the Mediterranean diet, i.e. diet that includes olive oil and a fish, have been beneficial in mitigating the risk of the disease.

4. You cannot exercise

If you have arthritis, people will tell you that you cannot exercise, even your trainer will tell you not to. Just don’t work out that hard. Studies suggest that while working out hard is a sure shot way to get that knee of yours to break; working out within the range of motion and with light weights has actually been known to help get rid of the stiffness and even prevent the onset of it.

Slow, easy motions go a long way in treating the pain that you do not necessarily have to endure. so get out there, get back to the gym, or workout at home, doesn’t matter as long as you keep things slow and steady.

5. Cracking knuckles causes arthritis

This is just a ridiculously crazy myth. Cracking knuckles has nothing to do with you developing arthritis, no studies authenticate this claim. But if, you are really into cracking your knuckles you would do better to stop. Why? Because it’s annoying, that’s why!

6. Arthritis is not that common

We have mentioned the stats and figures about arthritis already. What you must calculate is that if 50 million people globally have arthritis, than you are not alone in the fight against the disease.

The best cure, they say, is prevention. The best way to fight a disease is to see it coming and to be prepared for it. That is why we have custom arthritis check-up packages for you over at Zureka. Head on out get tested, feel safe.

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cloudchowk is a healthcare software company based out of Delhi. Its software help medical labs, clinics and patients share information and collaborate seamlessly.

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