Early Arthritis Symptoms

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints of the body that can be caused by a variety of different things, including: infection, trauma or as a symptom of other diseases such as gout.  The most common cause of arthritis is degeneration created by the natural aging process, which is why arthritis is most frequently implicated in mobility problems in people over the age of 55.  There are many different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.  While the causes of arthritis may differ, the early signs and symptoms of the disease are fairly consistent and typically mimic chronic arthritis, just less sever. Identifying symptoms early can help you seek treatment sooner and prevent the arthritis from advancing as quickly as it would if left untreated.  Sometimes early treatment can even help to reverse symptoms.

Early symptoms of arthritis

  • Aching pain in a joint or joints usually worsened by activity and relieved by rest. The amount of pain corresponds to the amount of activity.
  • Swelling of a joint or joints that is not caused by injury or another illness.
  • Stiffness in the joints, usually worse in the morning or after long periods of immobility.
  • Deformity of joints, caused by the cartilage wearing away.
  • Grinding sensation in the joints.
  • Knobby joints, caused by bone spurs or mucous cysts resulting from the arthritis.
  • Tender, painful joints.
  • Warm, red joints, with inflammation infection.
  • An overall lack of energy.
  • A low-grade fever.

Identifying the early signs and symptoms of arthritis can help an individual to take steps to slow the progression of the disease. It’s also important to remember that your arthritis could be an underlying symptom of another disease and you should visit your doctor to ensure that receive proper treatment for any underlying health conditions.  Arthritis alone has no known cure but there are medications, physical therapy, orthotics and lifestyle changes that you can make to help prevent, slow the progression of and even reduce arthritis.

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