Arthritis is incredibly common in the United States. UU. In fact, more than 50 million Americans now have the inflammatory condition that affects the joints – the places where their bones connect.
And although you can not technically cure arthritis, once you know what are some of the signs, you can do a good job of treating it so it does not get worse.
It is important to note, however, that "arthritis" refers to more than 100 types of joint diseases, including degenerative arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and much more, which affect the joints of a person.
So, if you are thinking about whether or not you are suffering from arthritis, here are 10 signs to look at, according to doctors.
Noticed joint swelling.
According to Dr. Karena Wu-, owner of the ActiveCare Physical Therapy in NYC and Mumbai, is a key sign that he is suffering from arthritis and swelling in his joints began to be felt.
"Pain and inflammation in a joint will cause an inflammatory reaction where the body will send cells to fight inflammation," he told INSIDER. "This can also lead to a greater retention of liquids in an area."
He is suffering from stiffness in the joints, especially early in the morning.
If you feel stiff in the morning as you wake up, Dr. Wu told INSIDER that the stiffness it feels is possibly due to arthritis.
"As the joint breaks down and with the inflammatory process at stake, the joint will be more difficult to move due to increased pain and swelling," he said. "If the joint does not move for a prolonged period of time, it will be difficult to start moving so that activities such as sleep will lead to the rigidity of the morning in the joint."
The size of the joints increased.
Although many people do not care about how their body works, one thing you should know is that your joints can really resize as a result of arthritis.
"Chronic inflammation and irritation of degenerative changes will alter the shape of the bony ends," said Dr. Wu. "The body will find ways to move and stay where you feel less pain and you can move more easily, but along with that, changes in the bone structure will also lead to problems of movement and / or pain."
You find it difficult to use your joints.
If it is becoming difficult to bend or move certain joints in the body, there is a high probability that you have an arthritis. And according to Dr. Wu, this is a pretty serious signal.
"Pain, inflammation, irritation and changes in bone alignment lead to difficulties with muscle activation around the joint. The body weakens immediately around a wound area, so muscle weakness along with the symptoms mentioned above will lead to a major dysfunction ".
There is pain in your joints.
To wake up in the morning or to spend the day with constant pain is very uncomfortable. If you are feeling a little aggravated due to joint pain, you may be in the early stages of arthritis.
"Joints pain is a common manifestation of arthritis," said Chirag Shah, co-founder of Acessa Labs. "Pain is often sharpened and stabbed and it lasts for a few minutes or more, even while resting. Hands and pulses usually affect early, but pain can occur in any joint."
Your skin is developing nodules.
Some people with rheumatoid arthritis receive cutaneous nodules.
"The skin nodules are lumps that form in the joints nearby and can be an early indicator of rheumatoid arthritis," said Shah. "They can be soft or hard, but they usually justify an additional medical investigation."
Notes inflammation, redness and heat.
Internal medicine doctor certified by the board and author of "Keep Away from GRAS: generally recognized as safe", Marcela Magda Popa, MD told INSIDER that, although some of the signs are difficult to identify, you notice that there is swelling, that means that there is inflammatory pain
"Inflammatory pain involves other signs such as swelling, redness and heat on the joint involved," he said. "In this context, people also report prolonged stiffness (more than 60 minutes) and fatigue."
You are having problems with other parts of your body.
There could be other disorders that go hand in hand with your arthritis.
"Inflammatory arthritis is often seen in autoimmune disorders," said Popa. "It is usually associated with extra-joint manifestations (skin rashes, nodules, colitis, eye disorders). Kidneys and lungs are usually involved in it."
It hurts to sit down.
Depending on the type of arthritis you have, in accordance with Everyday Health, you may experience pain and stiffness in the joints while sitting for long periods of time. And, depending on the severity of the condition, you can feel it even when you are sitting for short periods.
You encounter problems with performing your daily tasks.
According to WebMD, if you started having problems with things that previously did not have problems, this may be because you have arthritis. This could include bending, bending, bending your knees, typing and more.
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