Julie Skaling Physiotherapy
Common Myths: “Arthritis is an old person’s disease”
The risk for arthritis increases with age, but nearly 3 out of 5 with arthritis are younger than age 65. People of all ages are affected, including children and teens. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses of childhood.
“Arthritis isn’t a serious condition; it’s just minor aches and pains. It’s best to ignore it”
Most joint damage associated with inflammatory arthritis occurs within the first few years after its onset; early and accurate diagnosis is crucial to minimizing its effects.
“There is nothing that can be done for arthritis. You just have to learn to live with it”
There is currently no cure for arthritis, but a person can do many things to relieve the pain, reduce disability and help maintain their ability to do the things that they enjoy.
Treatment can include Physical activity (recommended by a physician or a physiotherapist/occupational therapist) such as: mobility exercises (e.g., stretching) to improve or maintain the joint’s range of motion and flexibility; strengthening exercises, such as weight-bearing activities to build muscle strength, provide stability to the joint, and improve function; and aerobic exercises, such as walking or cycling, to improve cardiovascular fitness.
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