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Common OA myths

There are many misconceptions about osteoarthritis. Below we debunk four of the most common myths about the joint disease.

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Myth 1: OA only affects the elderly

No. The risk of developing osteoarthritis (OA) does increase with age; however, even young adults may develop the disease. OA in young people is in most cases due to a previous joint injury.

Myth 2: OA is a wear and tear injury and exercise makes it worse

No. OA is usually caused by several different factors, including genetics, old age, excess body weight, joint injuries, and heavy joint load over a long period of time. Therefore, on the contrary, it is important to exercise as the joints and muscles benefit from movement. Exercise keeps the joints healthy and too much sitting down has a negative effect on the whole body.

Myth 3: If it hurts when you exercise, you should stop immediately

It is normal to experience some pain in your OA-affected joint whilst exercising. However, if the pain hasn’t returned to its original state within 24 hours, you will need to adjust your training routine. A physiotherapist can help you with tailor-made exercises.

Myth 4: Everyone affected by OA needs surgery at some point in life

No, only about 10% of all people suffering from OA require surgery at some point in their lives. The vast majority manages without.