Joint pain can be one of the most frustrating ailments to live with, because it can easily interfere with many aspects of daily life- basically anything that requires movement. Because of its influence, there is a lot of information available about joint pain, what causes it, and the ways to alleviate or cure it altogether. Some of this information is quite beneficial, but other parts of it are less so, poorly researched, and may be harmless, or even detrimental. Listed here are some of the more questionable bits of information about joint pain. Some of the items might surprise you.
Not All Joint Pain Is Arthritis
If you thought that joint pain and arthritis were synonymous, you’re probably not the only one. It’s easy to understand while one might think this. After all, there are at least fifty types of arthritis. Even so, arthritis is just one category of joint pain. In some cases, joint pain is just a matter of injury to a given area. Tendonitis or bursitis are other potential causes; if you have additional symptoms such as fatigue, rash, mood swings, or inflammation, these may be indicators of lupus or fibromyalgia. The best thing to do is see a doctor to be properly diagnosed.Related: 10 Signs of Lupus You Shouldn’t Ignore
No, Crackling Your Knuckles Won’t Give You Arthritis
Have you ever been told not to crack/pop your knuckles? While this bit of advice is well-meaning, it is also completely unbacked by a number of studies. Cracking or popping your knuckles, or other joints, won’t result in the development of arthritis. In fact, it’s not uncommon for masseuses to perform joint popping on some of their client’s joints as part of the massage. What’s actually happening when you crack a knuckle has nothing to do with the bones themselves. It’s actually the forming and popping of gas trapped in the surrounding tendons. Furthermore, it’s also completely harmless, research finds.