Are you dealing with arthritis? Be able to recognize the warning signs.
Early detection is key to slowing the progression of this chronic disease and preventing permanent and irreparable joint damage. Our Cypress, TX, primary care physicians can provide a custom treatment plan if we determine that you do have arthritis. Here are the six telltale signs of arthritis to be on the lookout for,
The most common symptom of arthritis is joint pain. To be diagnosed with arthritis, our Cypress, TX, medical team will need to see that the individual has been dealing with persistent joint pain for six weeks or more. Joint pain is quite common in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, the two most common types of arthritis.
Along with joint pain, you may also notice that the impacted joint or joints are also swollen. This is another sign that your pain could be due to arthritis. Swelling and tenderness around the joint are common signs of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
This is another common symptom of most forms of arthritis. This stiffness may impact one or more joints, and you may often find that the stiffness is worse in the morning when you wake up. Stiffness usually improves about an hour or more after waking. You may also experience stiffness after periods of inactivity. Joint stiffness can also make it more challenging to open pill bottles or use certain tools or gadgets that you once did.
Limited Range of Motion
If you are experiencing a limited range of motion along with any of the other symptoms above and these symptoms have persisted for more than two weeks, then it’s time to turn to our Cypress, TX, physicians for an evaluation. You can thank the chronic inflammation for not achieving full range of motion in those affected joints. Luckily, there are treatment options, including lifestyle changes and medications that can reduce inflammation and help improve the range of motion in arthritic joints.
Redness around the joints is also common in those with rheumatoid arthritis. It’s a sign of active arthritis. You may notice redness around any of the impacted joints. You may also see the skin swollen and tender to the touch. This is also common in those with psoriatic arthritis.
There are indeed many conditions that can result in fatigue, and arthritis is just one of them. If you are living with arthritis, which is a chronic and progressive condition, you may also experience fatigue. Chronic pain and inflammation can be to blame for your extreme exhaustion. Still, our team can help you find the right treatment plan to manage symptoms better so you can get regular activity and lead a healthier lifestyle that can support energy levels and help you feel less tired.
Are you dealing with any of the symptoms above? If so, there’s a chance that you could be dealing with arthritis. To find out and discuss a treatment plan with our Cypress, TX, physicians, call Premier NW Houston Medical Group at (281) 758-1022.