Myth 1: Arthritis Only Happens to the Elderly.James Slater
False. It’s true that as you age, the prevalence of both inflammatory arthritis (when your joints become swollen and warm as a result of inflammation) and osteoarthritis (when the cartilage and bone wear away as a result of an injury or over time) goes up.
But that doesn’t mean arthritis only affects older folks. In fact, nearly 60 percent of people diagnosed with arthritis are under age 65. Inflammatory arthritis, which occurs because of a genetic predisposition (it runs in your family), typically begins early in life and gets worse as you age.
For many people, rheumatoid arthritis begins between the ages of 30 and 50, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Osteoarthritis can also start early and progress more quickly if you experience a sports injury. It’s most common in middle age, occurring most often after age 45. – #acten