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  Natalie Fernandez   October 26, 2015   Illness, Arthritis 0 Comments

The painful truth about arthritis

What is arthritis and how can it affect you?

bigstock-Hand-Of-Woman-Deformed-From-Rh-74251231More than 50 million people – both adults and children – suffer through the agonizing pain of the joint inflammatory disease known as arthritis. While arthritis is a very common disease, most people still have very little understanding of what it is and how it impacts them.

What is arthritis?

According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis. With so many types, there are also a variety of different symptoms associated with each. In general, inflammation of the joints defines the disease. Although several signs indicate the disease, the four important symptoms to observe are:

  1. Pain

Many people are in constant pain, while others experience pain sporadically in only one area of the body or in several areas like the fingers or knees. Pain can occur while the body is in motion or at rest.

  1. Swelling

Individuals may experience swelling for three or more days and the area may become red.

  1. Stiffness

Stiffness is a common symptom of arthritis that usually occurs in the morning or after sitting for a while and continues for an hour or more.

  1. Difficulty moving a joint

Those with arthritis experience pain and difficulty moving their bodies.

Finding the pain

While pain is one of the most important symptoms that indicate arthritis, the location of your pain is also important. Familiarity with the location of the pain will not only help you learn the causes of your pain but will also ensure a better understanding of how to manage that pain. Some important areas of the body to pay attention to include:

  • Ankle

  • Back

  • Fingers

  • Hip

  • Shoulder

If you or your child shows signs of any of the symptoms of arthritis, come to Velocity Care, where our physicians provide the highest-quality care with little or no wait time for you. Visit www.velocitycare.com/locations to find the location nearest you.

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Medical disclaimer

This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.

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