Symptoms of arthritis

Inflammation and stiffness of the joints are the two most common symptoms most people with arthritis experience.

Inflamed joints can feel especially stiff first thing in the morning. If the stiffness lasts longer than an hour it may be indicative of inflammatory arthritis.

Morning stiffness is described as an ache combined with difficulty moving. Stiffness following exercise is usually a sign of osteoarthritis when the joints are starting to fail.

Although the symptoms of arthritis may mostly occur in the bigger weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees, it can affect any joint – the fingers and hands, wrists, elbows, ankles, feet, shoulders and even the jaw.

Typical symptoms that may be present in the joints can include:

  • Joint soreness
  • Swelling in and around the joint, especially of the knees and of the fingers
  • Creaking and crepitus of the joints on movement
  • Pain and tightness on movement
  • Pain on weight bearing and in the groin pain is associated with arthritis in the hip
  • Stiffness in the morning, especially of the spine and knee joints
  • More swelling towards the end of the day with weight bearing, especially of the knee joint.

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