Detecting the symptoms of arthritis is an important step to treating it; many people will brush off joint pains as nothing to avoid consulting a doctor. Only these joint pains may be early signs pointing towards later developments of arthritis. Arthritis often comes about from untreated infections or physical traumas to the joints, living an unhealthy life-style and excess weight has also been proven to be a cause of arthritis. Science has discovered over one hundred different types of arthritis that all range in symptoms and require different treatments. Most types of arthritis are progressive and will worsen over time, the two most common types, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis are practically undetectable in its early stages making it a struggle for doctors to help treat patients, so detecting the symptoms and visiting a doctor as soon as possible is key to preventing future symptoms.
- Inflammation and swelling of the joint
- A warm sensation and redness of the skin
- Stiffness in the joint and difficulties moving it
- Uncomfortable feelings and often painful sensations when moving the joint
Not everyone experiences the same symptoms and even just one of these symptoms can point towards arthritis, as the disease comes in so many forms symptoms may vary. The physical condition of the person can alter the severity of the symptoms; some people have reported the pains as being unbearable in the later stages. Not all joint pains are linked to arthritis, but they often lead to development of the disease later on in life, day to day activities like heavy lifting, injuries, and pressure on the joints can all cause joint pains and similar symptoms to arthritis.
Age is another factor that leads to arthritis, as the body grows older it lacks some of its natural chemicals as the body ceases to reproduce more, the cells fail to regenerate because of this and problems with the joints occur. Arthritis has been found to appear in children, but is most common in people over the age of fifty.
Osteoarthritis is often found in elderly people as this type of arthritis attacks the cartilage of the joint, it causes great damage and terrible pain even when not moving the joint.
Medication exists to help repair the cartilage, but it has proven to be a struggle for doctors to treat elder patients suffering from osteoarthritis due to the body’s lack of natural chemicals.
Consult a doctor if you feel you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed here before taking any steps towards treating your arthritis, a doctor will know how to best diagnose and treat the arthritis, giving expert advice and suggestions on which medications will work best. Not all joint pains can relate to arthritis, and other possible serious injuries must be ruled out before self-diagnosing the joint pains as arthritis.
Physical therapies and medication will be used before moving onto other forms of treatment. In some severe cases patients have undergone surgery to replace, or remove the joint as the damage was irreversible. The longer a joint pain is left unattended the further it can advance through the different stages of arthritis, making the problem a lot bigger.