Myths About Arthritis

Does cracking your knuckles give you arthritis? If it does, will eating rum raisins make it better? According to old wives’ tales, the answer to both those questions is a resounding “Yes.” But is that really true?

More than 50 million adults suffer from arthritis and its symptoms of joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. With so many people looking for relief, there’s no shortage of myths, rumors, and distorted truths about this disease and how to minimize its effect on your life.

Here’s a look at some of the most common misconceptions about arthritis.

If you or a loved one suffers from arthritis or if you’re an obsessive knuckle cracker, Providence.org has an array of educational resources to help you decipher fact from fiction. Check out our knuckle cracking page to learn something new.

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Related resources:

Arthritis Foundation

Myth Busters: Knuckle cracking will give you arthritis

5 ways to combat the stiff joints of arthritis

Racket or paddle sports may offer greatest benefits

When launching an exercise routine with arthritis, look for a custom fit

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