Nearly everyone complains about a few aches and pains now and then — a creaky knee, an achy hip, hands that feel a little stiff in the morning. However, normal aches and pains shouldn’t keep you on the couch for days or weeks at a time, nor should they stop you from taking part in the activities you enjoy or need to do, like getting some exercise or going to work. If joint pain and other symptoms of arthritis are interfering with your life, it’s probably time to visit your doctor for help.
Arthritis is defined by joint pain and stiffness, but there are other arthritis symptoms that you should be mindful of as well, including:
- Limited or reduced range of motion in the affected joint
- Swelling in the joint
- A feeling of warmth when you touch the joint
- Stiffness in the joint in the morning as soon as you get up
- Reddened skin surrounding the joint
It’s important to see a doctor who can not only diagnose arthritis — or any other condition causing your symptoms and joint pain — but also one who can pinpoint exactly what type of arthritis you have. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, all with different causes and treatment recommendations. So it’s important to have a thorough examination and appropriate diagnostic teststo determine what exactly is causing your pain.
Once your diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor will help you figure out the best way to go about treating your arthritis.
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