What it feels like to have arthritis

Arthritis is arthralgia (pain in the joint) and is common in over 22 percent of patients. It usually feels like a deep and dull ache, or it can feel like a stabbing feeling when strenuous tasks are attempted, like opening a jar. Some patients report having less range of motion than before. Arthritis cannot be cured, but it can be well-managed by adding or subtracting daily activities.

Where you feel arthritis most

The most common symptoms are pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. Places where you can feel arthritis the most:

  • Necks
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Wrists
  • Hands
  • Figures
  • Back
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Ankles

Two types of arthritis

There are two types of arthritis:

1. Osteoarthritis

In this type, the cartilage around the joins wears away. Small deposits of bone may grow on the edges of the joints.

2. Rheumatoid

This type is when the immune system attacks the joints and eats away at the bone and cartilage.

Where it comes from

It’s not a contagious condition. Rather, it’s hereditary. If a grandparent or parent has it, you’re more likely to have it.

Women older than 50 are more likely to develop this disease. Being overweight also plays a part.

What you can do to help feel better

Exercise is the number one thing that will help your arthritis feel better. Do some stretches first thing in the morning to get the joints and muscles moving. Even better, take a warm bath then stretch.

If exercising doesn’t help relieve pain, then talk to us about helping you reduce the pain in your joints.

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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.

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