Arthritic conditions are indicated by pain, stiffness, and swelling in and around your joints. The term arthritis indicates a rheumatic disease that affects joints, the tissues which surround the joint, and other connective tissue.

The word arthritis means joint inflammation, and is used to define over 100 rheumatic conditions. The following article will help you recognize the symptoms of arthritis.

1.  How to recognise the symptoms of arthritis

The location and pattern of symptoms differ depending on the form of arthritis. The following is a list of the most common symptoms to look for:

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  • Stiffness in or around the joint.

  •  Pain in or around the joint.

  •  Swelling around the joint.

2.  Arthritis symptoms can occur gradually or suddenly

Be aware that the onset of arthritis symptoms can occur either gradually or suddenly.

3.  Know if you might be at risk for arthritis

The diagnosis of arthritis sometimes depends on a detailed medical history of present and past symptoms, a physical exam, blood tests, and X-rays. It is possible to suffer with multiple forms of arthritis at once. The following are factors associated with higher risk:

  • Genes: There are distinguishing genes that create a higher risk of certain types of arthritis, for example rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

  • Gender: Women make up 60% of those who have arthritis â?? men are more susceptible to gout.

  • Age is a determining factor. You are at a higher risk of having arthritis as you grow older.

4.  Be aware that the chances of having arthritis can be reduced

Be aware that there are types of arthritis that are modifiable through lifestyle â?? meaning that they can be altered or the degree lessened. Modifiable risk factors include:

  • Obesity: Being overweight contributes to the onset and advancement of knee osteoarthritis. Controlling appropriate body weight has been proven to lower the risk of acquiring gout and osteoarthritis.

  • Joint Injuries/protection: Damage to a joint can be partly responsible for the development of osteoarthritis in that joint. Protecting your joints from injuries or repetitive use can decrease the risk of osteoarthritis.

  • Infection: Microbial agents can infect joints and possibly cause the advancement of different types of arthritis.

  • Occupation: Certain jobs requiring repetitive knee bending and/or squatting are linked with osteoarthritis of the knee.

5.  Be aware that arthritis is frequently incurable

Understand that arthritis is most often a never-ending disease. Symptoms may appear and disappear or they may linger a long time.

6.  Know that arthritis is manageable

Know that, despite the fact that there is no cure for most types of arthritis, early diagnosis and proper management are essential â?? particularly for inflammatory forms of arthritis.

7.  Familiarise yourself with the treatment of arthritis

  • Medication

  • Drug-free therapies:

  • Patient education

  • Splints or joint assistance aids

  • Physical or occupational therapy

  • Weight loss

  • Surgery

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