More Arthritis Myths & Facts

By: Janet Martin

If you think you know everything there is to know about arthritis, think again. Although the disease has been around for thousands of years, many myths and misconceptions about arthritis remain to this day. Just ask your friend, mom or neighbor for advice and you'll be surprised at the different answers you'll get.

To help you understand the disease better and get you back on the road to recovery, the makers of Flexcerin, the natural choice for safe and effective arthritis pain relief, have assembled some of these myths for your reading pleasure.

Arthritis is just simple aches and pains. False. Some people believe that the aches and pains of arthritis are part of the aging process and should be expected. This isn't true since the pain of arthritis can be so severe that it can disable you and prevent you doing everyday activities like walking, getting dressed or holding a fork. Some forms of arthritis can lead to deformity and reduce your life expectancy. "Conversely, some elderly people never develop arthritis. Many forms of arthritis or musculoskeletal conditions are self-limiting and get better without specific treatment. Others, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may be quite serious and may affect the body's internal organs as well as the joints," according to the Arthritis Foundation.

Arthritis is not a serious medical problem. False. Arthritis affects over 40 million people in the United States and sends 750,000 to hospitals yearly. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the disease is responsible for 44 million physician visits annually.

"The impact of arthritis on society is substantial. By some estimates, the costs associated with arthritis may amount to $86.2 billion annually. The costs of arthritis may be categorized into three groups: direct, indirect and intangible. Direct medical costs, such as physician (and other health professional) fees, charges for laboratory tests and X-rays, drugs, assistive devices, surgeries and other costs, are the most obvious. However, a substantial part of the economic burden comes from indirect costs, such as lost wages due to work disability. In addition, people experience intangible costs, such as the need for a spouse or relative to take time off from work to bring a patient to a caregiver, travel for medical care, or money spent to remodel the home to meet the needs of a person with arthritis, and many others," said the Arthritis Foundation.

Arthritis is always painful. False. While arthritis is generally characterized by joint pain and inflammation, the disease can take years to develop and not everyone feels pain. Since the disease can progress at different paces and in different ways, there's no telling how much pain you'll feel.

Nothing can be done to alleviate the pain and suffering of arthritis. False. Thanks to advances in medicine, many people with serious types of arthritis can live normal and productive lives today. One drug that can quickly stop arthritis pain without the serious side effects of other painkillers is Flexcerin. This natural product rebuilds worn joints, restores flexibility to stiff joints, and helps promote and maintain healthy joint function. Take control of your life today with Flexcerin. Check out http://www.flexcerin.com for details.

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