Arthritis is an umbrella condition that is applied more than one hundred different disorders and diseases, but they all include painful inflammation. The most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) – these are what most people think of when they hear arthritis. Though the mechanism by which they cause inflammation and pain differs, the results can be similar.
The following 7 signs of arthritis are issues you may notice before your joints become swollen and disfigured. It is important to see your doctor as soon as you even suspect arthritis, because there is no cure for it. All you can do is manage the condition and slow its progress, and early detection is a key part of that.
With some lifestyle changes and medication from your doctor, arthritis can be very well controlled. And as long as you know the symptoms, you can get diagnosed early.
Some of these symptoms are sneaky, though, especially #7. Stick with us to protect your joint health for a lifetime.