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
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
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.
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 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
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.