4 Misconceptions of Arthritis Pain

You would know if you had arthritis, right? Maybe not! A disease that is characterized by painful inflammation and stiffness in the joints may be easy to recognize, yet arthritis is commonly misunderstood. Let’s discuss of these customary arthritis myths and shed some light on pain-relieving possibilities!

Only senior adults get arthritis

 Young Person

60% of all diagnoses occur before the age 65. Osteoarthritis typically impacts adults over 40, but has been known to affect younger people with joint injuries. And rheumatoid arthritis has been known to affect preschool aged children. Arthritis is not just a “senior disease.”

Arthritis always starts with pain and/or stiffness

 Osteo Hip
You may have arthritis long before you feel it. Early signs of arthritis include morning joint stiffness, mild swelling of the joint(s), and a dull ache. The onset may be gradual, and may be attributed to getting older.

Knuckle cracking causes arthritis in the hands

Knuckles

The Arthritis Foundation’s research indicates that cracking your knuckles may injure nearby ligaments and dislocate tendons. This may cause chronic pain and joint instability; it does not lead to arthritis.

There’s nothing I can do for my arthritis pain

Alternative

Arthritis is not just another “ache” or “pain” that does not deserve physician attention. Today, more can be done to reduce arthritis symptoms than before. Exercise, alternative therapies, and medications may provide relief for some patients. Pain management techniques have a proven track record at providing long-term relief from the pain associated with arthritis.

Rheumatologists are specialists who can help with your arthritis pain. However, the pain management physicians at Apex Pain Specialists can work with rheumatologists to mitigate arthritis joint pain. We utilize out-patient procedures such as radiofrequency ablation and intra-articular joint injections that provide long-lasting joint pain relief so patients can pursue the lifestyle you deserve. For more information on arthritis discomfort and treatment, schedule an appointment with Drs. Massrour and Reddy by calling (480)820-7246(PAIN) today!