Arthritis Symptoms

Arthritis Symptoms

Arthritis Symptoms
Patients describe arthritis symptoms as an aching pain, like pain after a long walk. Moving a joint affected by arthritis can be painful because the cartilage that protects the ends of bones and allows the joint to move easily and painlessly wears away. Other symptoms of arthritis include inflammation (usually mild) and joint stiffness, which is especially common first thing in the morning and during cool, damp weather.

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    A major symptom of knee arthritis is a gradual increase in pain, especially after inactivity, but sometimes after changes in weather. Other symptoms include swelling or tenderness, warmth, locking up or buckling and decreased range of motion. 
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    The pain that one has in a joint before it rains is from changing barometric pressure in the atmosphere. It occurs most commonly in arthritic joints.

    (This answer provided for NATA by the Southern Utah University Athletic Training Education Program.)
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    Among the symptoms of arthritis, inflammation is usually mild, and joint stiffness is a prominent complaint. Typically, joint stiffness in the back, knees and hips is noticeable when rising in the morning and relieved by activity or a warm bath or shower. The symptoms are often aggravated by cool, damp weather.
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    Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. Specific to the hand, the last joint of the 4 fingers known as the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joints and the first joint of the thumb known as the carpometocarpal (CMC) are most often involved. This joint pain usually becomes worse throughout the day particularly with excessive usage. Common affects of OA include popping (crepitus) and joint enlargement.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Causes of Arthritis
    The cause of pain in arthritis of the hip may not be obvious. For example, it can cause a pulling sensation in the groin or pain in other joints and the back.



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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Arthritis Pain
    In arthritis, the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in the knee wears out, making movement difficult and painful. This animation shows how arthritis affects the knee.


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    Types of Arthritis Pain
    Pain at rest is one of the characteristics of pain due to arthritis. In severe arthritis, the pain can be severe enough to wake you at night. Watch Dr. Oz talk more about arthritis and joint pain.


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    Joint pains can be caused by many problems, not only arthritis. Trauma, infections, other types of inflammation or overuse can sometimes cause pain in the joints that is not due to arthritis. If you are worried that your joint pain is due to arthritis, you should see your physician for an evaluation.
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    If you're experiencing symptoms of any form of arthritis, it's probably best to see a doctor. Some secondary symptoms of arthritis, such as fever, weight loss, rash, and difficulty breathing, can be an indication of another problem, so it's important to have a doctor properly diagnose your condition. If your doctor does determine that it may be arthritis, you may be referred to a rheumatologist, or an arthritis specialist. It's important to get medical attention as early as possible to prevent potential bone loss or loss of range of motion.

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    Causes of Arthritis
    In arthritis of the hip, the cartilage lining the hip joint wears out. Eventually, the joint may no longer move smoothly without pain, stiffness, or discomfort. Mobility may also be affected.