The sore joints.
The more a patient knows about their illness, the better. It is extremely important not to miss the first symptoms of this disease of the joints, like osteoarthritis. He is considered one of the most common diseases in our time. And be able to identify sore joints — only benefit!
Osteoarthritis as a joint disease: important symptoms
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joints and is the most common disease among the diseases of locomotor apparatus. Osteoarthritis, defines cartilage destruction, resulting in the surface of the bone tissue become defenseless, which causes inflammation and pain, reports Rus.Media.
Osteoarthritis usually develops gradually, and its first manifestation may cause surprise. It is important to recognize the warning signs of osteoarthritis.
1. Pain in one or more joints
Only about one third of patients with radiographic confirmation of diagnosis is osteoarthritis experience pain or have any other symptoms of osteoarthritis. Pain in joints, aggravated by movement and ceasing at rest, indicates osteoarthritis. Such a character joint pain are the development of osteoarthritis.
2. Stiffness in the joints
Stiffness in the joints (difficulty initiating movement) while osteoarthritis can occur in the morning or after a long stay in one position, such as sitting. It is short-lived. After waking up with stiffness usually lasts up to half an hour. In inflammatory types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus, duration of stiffness may be more than 45 minutes.
3. Swelling of the joints
In healthy joints there is a small amount of synovial fluid. When arthritic joint, around him there is swelling. The excess fluid accumulated due to inflammation of the soft tissues around the joint.
4. Crepitus (crunching sound or crackling sound in the joints)
The occurrence of this sound in the joints may indicate the deterioration of cartilage. When movement of the joint occurs, the bones RUB together. If the affected area is hot or red, it mostly indicates the development of rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory types of arthritis than osteoarthritis. Appropriate treatment can be prescribed only after diagnosis.
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor. The doctor will give you examination, which will confirm or refute the presumptive diagnosis.
It is important not to miss the primary signs of the disease. Osteoarthritis is a serious disease that requires prompt diagnosis and treatment. This will help to prevent disease progression and to avoid further disability.