It is a misconception, and probably the biggest misconception, that only old people develop arthritis. Anyone at any age can be affected by the disease. Actually, it is a little known fact that about 300,000 children have a juvenile type of arthritis.
Other common misconceptions: arthritis is curable; arthritis is caused by a poor diet; arthritis is characterized by minor aches and pains; wearing a copper bracelet relieves arthritis. It is no wonder that newly diagnosed arthritis patients don't know which way to turn. Fact is, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are just two of many types of arthritis that exist. Start by learning basic facts about your type of arthritis. Find quality resources and always take questions that you may have to your doctor.