Arthritis is a common condition which will affect all of us at some point in our lives. There are over 100 different types of arthritis however we at All Out Physiotherapy are experts in managing the symptoms allowing you to live the life you deserve.

Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis refers to the inflammation of one or more joints, and there are different types of arthritis, each with its own specific symptoms. However, there are some common symptoms that may be present in various forms of arthritis. Here are the common symptoms:

  1. Joint Pain: Persistent or intermittent pain in one or more joints is a hallmark symptom of arthritis. The pain may vary in intensity and can be described as aching, throbbing, or sharp. It is often worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity.
  2. Joint Stiffness: Joint stiffness, especially in the morning or after periods of rest, is a common symptom. It can make movement difficult and may improve with gentle activity or as the day progresses.
  3. Joint Swelling: Inflammation of the joints can lead to swelling, resulting in a visibly enlarged joint. The affected joint may feel warm to the touch and appear red or puffy.
  4. Reduced Range of Motion: Arthritis can cause a limitation in the range of motion of affected joints. It may become difficult to fully bend, straighten, or move the joint without pain or stiffness.
  5. Joint Tenderness: The affected joint(s) may be tender to touch. Even slight pressure or gentle movement can cause discomfort.
  6. Fatigue: Many individuals with arthritis experience persistent fatigue and a general feeling of tiredness, which can be attributed to the underlying inflammation and the challenges of living with chronic pain.
  7. Joint Deformities: In certain types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, joints can undergo deformities over time. This can result in joint misalignment, visible changes in joint shape, or the development of nodules.
  8. Systemic Symptoms: Some types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), can affect multiple organs and systems in the body. These systemic symptoms may include fever, weight loss, skin rashes, and general malaise.

It’s important to note that arthritis is a complex condition, and symptoms can vary significantly among individuals and different types of arthritis. If you suspect you may have arthritis, it is recommended to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.