Debunking the Arthritis Myth

It's a widespread misconception that arthritis is exclusively a byproduct of old age. While it's true that age and arthritis often go hand in hand, the root cause of this association is frequently overlooked.

If arthritis were an inevitable consequence of aging, then everyone would be
susceptible to it, and that’s not the case. Surprisingly, the majority of individuals with arthritis are
under the age of 65.

To unravel this connection, let’s delve into the intricacies of our musculoskeletal system. Our bones
undergo constant remodelling, a delicate dance between absorption and formation. There exists an
ideal balance in this process, but as we age, this equilibrium falters, leading to bone loss
characterized by decreased density and increased fragility. Simultaneously, the properties and
composition of cartilage undergo alterations, reducing its cushioning effect and shock-absorbing
capabilities. In essence, exacerbates the development of arthritis. The changes in our
musculoskeletal system can lead to a diminished range of motion in our joints, resulting in
inflammation and pain.

Contrary to popular belief, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons attributes these
changes less to the natural aging process and more to disuse. It turns out that the tendency towards
stillness that often accompanies old age can be detrimental to joint health and further aggravate

The key, according to experts, lies in maintaining movement, preventing age-related increases in
body fat, and slowing down the process of muscle loss. By actively countering some of the effects of
aging that contribute to the worsening of arthritis, individuals can significantly improve joint health.