The Signs of Arthritis

Thursday, November 1st, 2018, 4:01 pm

Arthritis is not a condition you can ignore. Characterized by painful swelling in one or more joints, it can affect your overall health, your ability to care for yourself, and your quality of life. Age is not the only contributing factor to arthritis. A weakened autoimmune system can contribute to the onset of arthritis at any age. Early detection is the best defense to help curb the issue and protect your joints from permanent damage.

That’s why it’s important to recognize the warning signs of arthritis and schedule an examination as soon as possible. Visit the Orthopaedic Institute if you experience …

  • Pain, stiffness, redness, warmth, or swelling in one or more joints.
  • Joint pain that gets worse with inactivity, and eases with movement.
  • Stiffness after getting up in the morning or prolonged inactivity.
  • Hampered range of motion in any joint.
  • Fever, weight loss, and tiredness can be signs of a weakened autoimmune system.

Arthritis can affect any joint, but it often attacks the hands and feet as well as in the elbows, shoulders, knees, wrists, back, and hips.

Experts have identified more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions, but two are most common: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when wear and tear causes the cartilage in your joints to break down, and bones start to grind together and cause pain. You also might develop rheumatoid arthritis if your immune system mistakenly begins attacking the lining of a joint capsule (a membrane that encases a joint). As a result, that lining swells and triggers pain.

Some factors for developing arthritis are …

  • Family History of Arthritis
  • Previous Joint Injury
  • Advanced Age
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

If you are experiencing any arthritic signs and symptoms, make an appointment with the Orthopaedic Institute as soon as possible. You won’t need to waste time and money with a primary care doctor. Simply call us, and we’ll examine you, without a referral.

 

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