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Myth: All types of arthritis are the same.
Fact: There about 200 types of arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis.
Myth: RA is an old person’s disease.
Fact: Onset most commonly occurs between the ages of 40 and 60, but can occur at any age over 16. This is when people are still in the prime of their working life and could still have a young family.
MYTH: RA is just a few achy joints.
Fact: RA is a systemic autoimmune disease. It can cause severe pain and damage to the joints, and it can also affect other organs such as the heart, lungs and eyes. Fortunately advances in treatment have improved the outcome for most people.
MYTH: Nothing can be done to treat RA.
Fact: There is huge amount that can be done. Treated early and affectively, someone diagnosed today can live a relatively normal life.
Myth: Cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis.
Fact: The popping sound heard is from displacement of air in the joint or the supporting ligaments and tendons gliding over the joint surfaces.