4 Rheumatology Myths Debunked

Arthritis We all have body aches from time to time, but when your muscle and joint pain doesn’t resolve as it should, it may be time to see a rheumatologist. You may be wondering: What’s a rheumatologist? What if I have arthritis? Will my pain ever go away? Find the answers to all these questions and more as we debunk five common myths about rheumatology.

Myth #1: Only older adults have joint issues.
False. Even though the risk for arthritis increases as you get older, anyone can get this disease—even children and young adults. In fact, arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the U.S. It affects more than 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children.

Myth #2: Since arthritis is common, it’s easy for doctors to diagnose.
False. There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis and related conditions. So to diagnose arthritis, rheumatologists not only need information about your symptoms and family history; they may also need to conduct blood tests, imaging tests, and a physical exam. Collectively, these results help rule out other conditions and determine which kind of arthritis you may have.

Myth #3: You only need treatment when you have serious joint problems.
False. Do not take a “wait-and-see” approach when it comes to your joint health. If certain types of arthritis aren’t treated immediately, they can result in permanent joint damage. As soon as your health care provider refers you to a rheumatologist, schedule the appointment.

Myth #4: If you have arthritis, pain never completely disappears.
False. Never accept arthritis pain as a normal part of everyday life—it is possible to find a treatment that eliminates your inflammation and pain. Let your rheumatologist know if things are only “OK” and work together to find what works best for you.

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