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Nurse at Country Gardens checking the hands of a senior patent for arthritis.

What Are the Early Signs of Arthritis?

With more than 100 forms of arthritis, the Arthritis Society reports that one in three senior males in the US and one in two senior females suffers from some form of arthritis. As common as the condition is, it can still be frightening when you begin to struggle with symptoms of arthritis.

In broad terms, arthritis refers to joint disease or joint pain. Arthritis is known to make activities of daily living more difficult and can cause seniors discomfort and pain. However, seniors in an assisted living facility, like Country Gardens Assisted Living Community, have the comfort of on-site medical team members who understand the condition and can help to create an individualized care plan.

If you believe you or a loved one may have arthritis, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms and what the diagnosis of arthritis can mean for your daily life.

What are the Early Signs of Arthritis?

While there are more than 100 different types of arthritis, the most common are rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis is most common of the two, however, both OA and RA involve inflammation in the joints.

If you are experiencing sore joints or a new stiffness when you do some activities, you may be wondering, “What are the early signs of arthritis?”  Here are some signs to watch for that apply to most types of arthritis:

  • Morning stiffness in the affected joints that lasts for at least an hour
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Pain, stiffness and swelling in one or more joints
  • Stiffness and pain that becomes worse with inactivity and improves after physical activity
  • In some instances, fever, fatigue, weight loss and/or anemia

Frequently Asked Questions

If you believe you may have arthritis, or you have received a new diagnosis, you likely have many questions about the condition. Here are some of the most common questions about arthritis:

Does arthritis hurt all the time?

The answer to this question varies between patients. For some people, arthritis pain is constant, while for others, the pain comes and goes. Additionally, many seniors with arthritis also suffer from other conditions which cause chronic pain and may worsen the arthritis symptoms.

What does rheumatoid arthritis pain feel like?

The first sign of arthritis is often pain, commonly called arthralgia. This pain is described as feeling like a burning sensation or a dull ache. As your joints become more painful, the joints may swell up. The swelling can also be painful and often restricts movements. Words used to describe arthritis pain include sharp or shooting, aching, burning, grinding, grating and throbbing.

What is the most painful type of arthritis?

It is said that RA can be the most painful type of arthritis. It affects the joints, as well as other tissues surrounding the joints, including organs. Additionally, this disease attacks healthy cells by mistake, which causes painful swelling in the joints, the hands, the knees and the wrists.

Services and Support

At Country Gardens Assisted Living, our top priority is to help you live a life you love. From lifestyle choices to entertainment, healthcare options and personal services, we are dedicated to supporting all of your needs. We have specialized, trained healthcare professionals on staff, as well as 24-hour licensed nursing care. Additional care services include:

  • Emergency response system
  • Assistance with daily living
  • Medication assistance
  • 24-hour security
  • Diabetes management

Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about all the services and amenities offered at Country Gardens.