8 Obvious Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
What to watch out for – Symptoms of osteoarthritis
Tenderness and pain
We name them differently because what you feel is different. Tenderness is what you may feel when you press down on the joints. This may be accompanied with swelling, but that is mostly seen only during the later stages. Pain, you are more likely to feel when you move the affected joint in a certain way and the sensation is always sharper than just the tenderness.
Stiffness always accompanies tenderness and pain. But this is felt only after a long period of immobility, for example when you wake up in the morning or if you have been sitting for too long at your work desk. This may leave you feeling like a log and the urge to go back to being immobile is very strong. We recommend that you don’t give in. It has been observed that the feeling usually gets better after the joints are warmed up a little with some light exercises.
Weakness in muscles
As pain and stiffness reduce the amount of movement you get, the muscle also tends to weaken around the joint. Though this is mostly seen only when the affected joint is the knee.
The cartilage is the like the shock absorber in your car. It keeps the bones from rubbing into each other. But as the cartilage wears down, you are likely to feel a number of odd sensations due to the grating of the bones.
Cracking and creaking
The creaking and cracking of bones are on the more extreme end of the strange sensation scale. You can probably hear your bones clicking and grating in this case.
Joint stiffness and pain lead to not only muscle weakness but also a loss in flexibility. You will slowly see that you find it harder to move a joint now than before causing a drop in your overall range of motion. And if you pay attention, you will see that it keeps getting worse but very gradually and over a period of time.
Influence of timing
In the early stages, you may feel some pain only when you exert yourself. Maybe you were out running, playing some sport or carrying heavy weights and that includes the grocery bags from the supermarket. In the initial stages the pain seems like a result of that stress, but as time passes, the pain caused by osteoarthritis affects you even when you rest.
As the condition keeps getting worse, bone growth may occur and the result is that the bone seems deformed in shape. This however, is something you spot only in the more degenerative stages. Osteoarthritis can be managed better when it is diagnosed in the early stages. The treatment can certainly bring a great deal of relief. We recommend you see a doctor as soon as possible so the combined treatment of exercise and medication as recommended by your physician may guide you towards a healthier life.
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