Millions of people deal with chronic pain, and joint pain is a common form of this condition. There are many reasons you may have pain in your joints but one of the most common is arthritis, a form of joint inflammation which affects almost one in four people in America. Of that number, 44% are physically limited enough that it inhibits their ability to perform routine activities.
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common types of this condition, but there are many different forms of arthritis, and if you think you’re dealing with any of them, you should know what signs to look for. Let’s examine what arthritis does to your body, what types of the condition exists, and what signs you should look for if you think you’re dealing with it.
Residents of the Washington, DC area struggling with arthritis, or other forms of chronic pain can find help with the physical therapy team at Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation.
You have joints all over your body, and each of them is connected through a series of skeletal muscles, ligaments, tendons and other connective tissue to bones to keep them in place and allow you the mobility you need to function normally. Arthritis is the name for a number of conditions that cause swelling and inflammation in your joints, leading to the breakdown of the tissue that helps them function. When the musculoskeletal tissue breaks down from arthritis, it removes the cushion that keeps them working normally, and can lead to pain, reduced mobility, and fracture in the bones of the joint.
There are over 100 types of arthritis you can be affected by, and estimates show more people are expected to struggle with them, including:
Each type has different overall causes, but things like age, sex (women are more likely to get certain types of arthritis than men), obesity, and a history of joint injuries can increase the risk.
These are the telltale symptoms you should be on the lookout for:
This pain can be intermittent or constant, and can affect other parts of the boy (referred pain). As the damage to a joint worsens, you may experience increased pain and grating of the bones in the joint.
This is a common symptom that can happen at various points in the day (waking up, sitting for long periods of time, after exercise) or can be constant.
The skin around an inflamed joint can become red, tender, swollen, and warm to the touch.
Any of the previously mentioned symptoms can limit the ability to move a joint, making it difficult to bend or move.
Muscle weakness, joint instability, and many other symptoms can also affect your joints with arthritis.
If you observe these symptoms and think you’re dealing with this form of joint inflammation, make an appointment with the team at Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation to see what options they have to relieve your pain.