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Early Signs of Arthritis

Arthritis can be a painful and debilitating condition. There is no cure, but the right care can help you get the relief you need to get back to living your life. Getting treatment early can help prevent or delay the progression of arthritis, which can protect your joints and help to reduce the severity of your symptoms. Symptoms of arthritis can vary slightly depending on the type, as can the decision to seek orthopedic care or treatment from another specialist, such as a rheumatologist. In early stages, however, many of the more than 100 forms of arthritis share some common symptoms. Consider seeing a physician if you experience these signs of arthritis.

Joint pain

Joint pain is the most common symptom of arthritis. Arthritis occurs because of some kind of damage to the joint that can be caused by age-related wear and tear, inflammation due to an injury or by your immune system attacking your joints.

If you have joint pain, the first step to getting relief is finding out the cause. Two of the most common forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, start with joint pain. Osteoarthritis typically begins in a large joint on one side of the body, such as the knee. Rheumatoid arthritis tends to appear in smaller joints on both sides of the body, such as the toes or fingers.

Stiffness

Joints that are affected by arthritis often feel stiff. The timing of the stiffness that patients experience gives physicians a clue about the kind of arthritis they may be experiencing. Osteoarthritis sufferers usually experience stiffness at the end of the day, when the affected joints are stiff after being used throughout the day. Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers are more likely to experience joint stiffness in the morning.

Swelling

Swelling in the joints is another red flag that you could have arthritis. Swelling follows the same pattern as stiffness in most patients. People with osteoarthritis experience joint swelling after activity, while joint swelling that occurs in the morning is often indicative of rheumatoid arthritis.

Ignoring arthritis symptoms could allow them to get worse, so contact Westside Regional Medical Center to request a referral for orthopedic care in Plantation, FL. You can speak to one of our nurses today to learn more about arthritis and to get a referral by calling (954) 370-5585.

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