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How to know if you have Osteoarthritis

Signs of Osteoarthritis

Painful Joints

Painful, Stiff and Swollen joints are some of the signs of Osteoarthritis. The major weight-bearing joints, such as the Knee, hip, and often Shoulders and spine do wear and tear over time. Persistent activity and work load on the joint, will likely cause the pain and stiffness of the area throughout the years.

Rheumatoid arthritis

In cases of Rheumatoid arthritis, common symptoms of stiffness occur after waking up from sleep. The discomfort is experienced not just in one particular joint, but in all near symmetric joints found in the hands, feet or ankles. Body motion, warm up and stretches usually decrease pain. Symptoms are usually worst after a period of intense activity or again in the morning upon waking up.

Common patterns of pain

Common patterns experienced by most adults with pain notice that symptoms take form in cycles. Painful and swollen joints may not be felt everyday in standard cases. There are some good days and some bad days. Joint Swelling can take place after some level of stress or after a strenuous day. The grinding of the joints called Crepitus, is when the smooth layer of the joint turns into an irregular almost potholed surface until cracking of the joints can be heard and felt. These symptoms can be felt simultaneously everyday in advanced arthritis.

Degenerative arthritis

In the beginning stages of the degenerative process of the body, discomfort can be felt sporadically once a week, a month or even year. As time progresses, the question arises of how it actually affects a person’s quality of life.

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