Rest is good for you

MYTH: Movement has been proven to be beneficial for people with osteoarthritis and is recommended by health care professionals. [1] Getting joints moving, strengthening the muscles and improving fitness can lessen joint pain and help people maintain doing the things they love.

Rest is best

Rest is best

Arthritis only happens to old people

MYTH: Though risk of developing osteoarthritis increases from the late 40s,[2] osteoarthritis can develop at any age following an injury or through having other joint-related conditions.[3]

Cracking knuckles causes osteoarthritis

MYTH: Though few studies have been done into whether knuckle cracking causes osteoarthritis, the ones that have been done suggest there is no correlation between knuckle cracking and osteoarthritis.[4]

Wearing high heels causes osteoarthritis

TRUTH: Some studies have suggested that wearing high heels can cause arthritis.[5]

You can’t exercise with joint pain

MYTH: Keeping active will help osteoarthritis suffers maintain their range of movement and is recommended by health care professionals.6

There is nothing that can be done for osteoarthritis

MYTH: Though there is no cure for osteoarthritis, the condition can be well managed with a holistic pain management routine of movement, diet, painkillers and/or topical anti-inflammatory gels.

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[1] http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/arthritis-today-magazine/156-spring-2012/osteoarthritis.aspx [Accessed March 2017]

[2] http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/data-and-statistics/data-by condition/osteoarthritis.aspx [Accessed March 2017]

[3] http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Arthritis/Pages/Introduction.aspx [Accessed March 2017]

[4] http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120917-is-it-bad-to-crack-your-knuckles [Accessed March 2017]

[5] http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/251776/Why-wearing-high-heels-can-cause-arthritis [Accessed March 2017]