Arthritis is an inflammation that can develop in one or more joints in the body. It can be an extremely uncomfortable and painful condition, especially as it worsens over time. Common types of arthritis are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Infectious Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Juvenile Arthritis. While the treatment depends on the type of Arthritis, identifying the symptoms is the first step in the process. On that note, let’s take a look at some common symptoms that point towards the possibility of arthritis.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis has affected millions of people and is the most common type of Arthritis. There is protective cartilage at the ends of human bones that act as cushions. This cartilage wears down over time causing Osteoarthritis. Here are some common signs of the disorder:
- Joint Pain
- Stiffness after resting
- Tenderness or soreness in the area to the touch.
- Not being able to achieve full range of motion.
- Grating – The feeling of rubbing inside the joint.
- Forming of bone spurs or lumps of bone around the joint.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disorder that initially takes place in the lining of the joints, and can progress to other systems in the body, such as lungs, skin, heart, and blood vessels. Below are some telltale symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis:
- Joint pain, tenderness, and swelling for six weeks or more.
- Morning stiffness for more than 30 minutes.
- Same joints getting affected on both sides of the body.
Symptoms of Infectious Arthritis
This disease is also known as Septic Arthritis is usually caused by bacteria. In some cases, fungus and viruses cause Infectious Arthritis. One large joint in the body is affected in most cases where the infection is taking place. Let’s take a look at some symptoms of the disorder:
- Inflamed Joints
- Sharp pain that comes from an injury or infection located elsewhere in the body
Symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis
This disease affects children who are 16 or younger. It causes the patient’s synovium, which is the tissue that lines the inside of joints, to inflame. Here are some symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis:
- Fever that comes and goes
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of weight
- Anemia (The lack of Red blood cells or Hemoglobin.)
- Blotchy rashes on arms and legs
- Stiffness of the joints
- Swelling of the joints
If you’re experiencing one or more of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s recommended that you seek medical help and start treatment for arthritis pain. If you are a loved one are experiencing chronic pain associated with arthritis call the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line to get connected with a trusted joint specialist near you. Simply call 888-608-4762 or book an appointment online.
NOTE: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.