- Arthritis is the inflammation or swelling of one or more joints. There are over 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions.
- It often develops when the cartilage, which is supposed to cushion our bones, becomes worn down and can’t function.
- Some early warning signs of arthritis are joint pain, swelling, tenderness, fatigue, malaise, stiffness, and even a fever.
- This disease is progressive, so it’s important to go see a doctor if you suspect you are developing arthritis.
Arthritis isn’t a disease on its own. There are over 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions, says the Arthritis Foundation. They affect people of all ages, races, and genders. It’s the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and most common among women. While it’s not necessarily an aging disease, some types do affect more older people.
While it depends on the type, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes arthritis as the inflammation or swelling of one or more joints. It affects not only the joints, but the tissues around the joint and other connective tissues. It can cause an array of symptoms, but the following are the first initial signs of arthritis which should prompt a visit to the doctor…
Something Feels ‘Off’
This symptom is often associated with osteoarthritis, which is by far the most common type of arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Jeffrey Zarin, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles talked to Women’s Health and said his patients will often note that “something doesn’t feel right about the way the joint moves.”
It could be that your knee feels a little more wobbly than normal or an elbow is just not moving as smoothly as it once was. It’s important to be in tune with your body and make note of any changes when they arise. Any of these examples could be signs of arthritis.