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Affected by Arthritis?

These are eight questions to ask in order to help determine whether one has arthritis:

  1. Does exercise cause greater ache in your joints? This is one of first signs of the beginning of arthritis.

  2. Do you have stiffness in your joints when you get up in the morning, and the stiffness goes away after about a half hour. This, too, is an early sign of arthritis.

  3. Gently exercise the affected joint over its complete range of motion. Does the joint creak or cause pain when you bend it to its normal limits? This is another sign of arthritis.

  4. Check the skin over the affected joint. Is it pulled tight? Is it shiny? These symptoms suggest inflammation (swelling) that is caused either by osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis.

  5. Are the joints hot, or are they cold? If hot, you may be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. If cold, it may be osteoarthritis.

  6. When you experience joint pain, is there swelling, or do you have a fever? If so, you may have either rheumatoid arthritis, or else a joint infection.

  7. Do your joints crackle when they're moved, or feel "gritty"? This is a symptom of osteoarthritis. The crackling sound is caused by degenerated cartilage and bones rubbing together. This can produce a grating sound.

  8. Are the affected joints symmetrically located? That is, if the joints in the first finger of each hand are in pain, you may have rheumatoid arthritis.

  9. Visit our office for advice and possible treatment if you suspect that you have arthritis.
(c) JA, February, 2005

DISCLAIMER: No individuals, including those under our active care, should use the information, resources or tools contained within to self-diagnose or self-treat any health-related condition. Diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by your doctor of chiropractic or other licensed health care professional.

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