Top 9 Arthritis Signs: Do You Have Them?

Newsmax—February 3, 2015

The signs of arthritis are many and varied. It cannot be discounted as an "old person's" disease because evidence of arthritis often shows up in people under the age of 65.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, "Arthritis is actually a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that can affect people of all ages, races and genders." Three of the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile arthritis.

Here are nine signs and symptoms of arthritis:

  1. Typical in Osteoarthritis (OA) are sore or stiff joints, especially the hips, knees, and lower back, that occur after inactivity or overuse, says the Arthritis Foundation.
  2. Warm, red and swollen joints are typical of rheumatoid arthritis. 
  3. According to Health.com, injuries that don’t heal as well as expected can be a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Lisa A. Mandl, assistant attending rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, told Health.com that this is more typical in young people. For instance, a patient may be playing soccer and then her knee swells. "I have seen people who have had two arthroscopic surgeries and extensive physical therapy in their knee and they have rheumatoid arthritis," says Dr. Mandl.

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