There are over 100 different types of arthritis, and they all have unique
symptoms. There are some signs of arthritis, however, that are consistent
and seen in nearly all forms of the disease. By paying attention to these
signals and getting the care you need from a rheumatologist, orthopedist, or
spine hospital, you may be able to slow the damage to your joints and minimize your discomfort.
If you experience these red flags that indicate arthritis, consider making
an appointment with your doctor for a diagnosis.
Joint stiffness is a common indicator of arthritis. The type and timing
of your stiffness can tell your doctor a lot about the kind of arthritis
you have. For instance, stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis
typically persists longer than other forms and appears in joints on both
sides of the body, while
osteoarthritis stiffness usually decreases soon after movement and only affects one side.
Stiffness is usually at its worst with arthritis first thing in the morning
or after sitting for an extended period.
Inflammation around joints that are affected by arthritis often causes
visible swelling. The swelling can occur in one or more joints at the
same time, and it may come and go. However, it is possible to have arthritis
in joints that don’t swell, even if you have other affected joints
that do become swollen. Swelling is particularly common in arthritic joints
of the hands, feet, and ankles.
For some people with arthritis, pain is a secondary symptom to stiffness
and swelling, while for others, it is the focal point. Depending on the
extent of the joint damage, some people with arthritis feel their bones
rubbing against each other. As with stiffness, the location and type of
pain you experience can help your doctor diagnose the type of arthritis you have.
At West Hills Hospital, our
Total Joint Program, diagnostic imaging, and rehabilitation services give our patients access
to comprehensive arthritis care to increase mobility and control discomfort.
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