Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis known to people. It is the wearing away of cartilage between your joints. This effects, not only the way your joints bend, but also the way your bones. Osteoarthritis is one of the slowest moving types of arthritis. By the time you are aware of the problem, it is often too late to take preventative measures.
In 2015 the an analysis put together by the National Health Organization showed that arthritis accounts for approximately 19% of disability clams filed by adults in the United States. In the year 2040, they foresee 78 million adults to have doctor diagnosed arthritis. Of the 78 million, approximately 35 million will report they can only perform limited activities.
Symptoms include (but not limited to):
- Stiff or swollen joints
- Limited range of motion
- Pain in a specific area during or after activity
- Popping or clicking when you move the joint
When should you see a doctor about your osteoarthritis?
- If you have experienced any trauma to a joint. This could mean having something heavy fall or your foot or possibly you have broken a bone recently. You should immediately have the joint in question looked at by a doctor. The faster they are able to see the damage, the better they can help you with preventative measures.
- Associated symptoms. If you are experiencing chills, fever, extreme unexplained weight loss you should seek immediate attention. There may be a major underlying issue you need to have diagnosed immediately.
- Loss of function. When you find yourself taking a significant amount of time to fully stand up in the morning or have difficulty standing for an extended period of time, you should seek out East Tennessee Arthritis’ help. This is the same if you happen to notice a loss of stability, if you cannot stoop, bend or kneel without falling over.
- Multi-joint pain. If your pain has spread to other joints in a similar location you may have a larger problem. Your osteoarthritis may be transforming into another form of arthritis. You should seek a doctor near you. If you live in the eastern area of Tennessee, Eastern Tennessee Arthritis is here to help with answer all questions you have pertaining to arthritis help.
- Family history. Oftentimes, it is overlooked that genetics may have something to do with where your osteoarthritis is located. You and your doctor should discuss the possibility of a genetic link and do the appropriate testing to confirm.
Arthritis Consultants of East Tennessee specializes in rheumatologic care, which is the practice of assessing joints, muscles, and bones for pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity. Contact us or call 865-503-2001 today to find out how we can help you get your life back on track.