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5 Major Warning Signs of Arthritis Atlanta, GA
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Arthritis is a common condition that affects millions of people around the world. It can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints, which can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks. While there are many different types of arthritis, they all share some common warning signs. If you are at risk for developing arthritis, you should learn more about the five major warning signs.

Pain in the Joints

The most common warning sign of arthritis is pain in the joints. This pain can be mild or severe and can occur in any joint in the body. It is often worse in the morning or after a period of inactivity and can be accompanied by stiffness or swelling. Occasional joint pain can be expected after exertion or as we age. But persistent or worsening joint pain should be evaluated by an orthopedic specialist at Ortho Sport and Spine Physicians.

Stiffness in the Joints

Another warning sign of arthritis is stiffness in the joints. This stiffness can make it difficult to move the affected joint and can be especially noticeable in the morning or after periods of inactivity. It can also make it difficult to perform everyday tasks, such as getting dressed or tying shoes. Joint pain and stiffness usually appear together and grow worse concurrently.

Swelling in the Joints

Swelling in the joints is another common warning sign of arthritis. This swelling can be caused by inflammation and can make the affected joint appear larger than normal. It can also be accompanied by redness or warmth in the affected area.

Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritis can also cause a decreased range of motion in the affected joint. This can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks, such as reaching for objects or bending down. It can also make it difficult to participate in physical activities, such as sports or exercise.


Developing arthritis can cause fatigue, which can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks. This fatigue can be caused by the body’s response to inflammation and can be especially noticeable during periods of active disease.

These symptoms typically appear together and aggravate each other. Pain and stiffness in your joints is accompanied by swelling. These decrease your range of motion and make it difficult to function normally. Working harder to endure the pain and discomfort and keep moving your swollen joints causes deeper fatigue.

If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, it is important to speak with a local orthopedic specialist at Ortho Sports and Spine Physicians. They can perform a physical exam, order tests and provide treatment options to help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. With early detection and treatment, it is possible to manage the symptoms of arthritis and prevent further damage to the joints. Contact us today to learn more about arthritis symptoms and treatment.

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