Joint inflammation/disease that can occur in any joint in the bodyThere are over 100 types of joint diseases that affect children and adultsOsteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia are some of the most common forms
Signs and Symptoms of ArthritisInflammation, stiffness and pain are the hallmark signs of arthritis, but following are nine symptoms that can be related to arthritis:Increased fatigue – associated with increased inflammatory disease activityEasy bruising/bleeding – sign of autoimmune disorderShortness of breath – not uncommon with rheumatoid arthritisPainful urination – side effect of drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritisUnexplained weight change – common with certain forms of arthritisChest pain – related to arthritis in the chestBlood in stool – sign of Crohn’s diseaseAchilles pain – sign of ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritisPersistent sadness or hopelessness – depression common with constant joint pain
How is arthritis diagnosed?To diagnose arthritis, your doctor will consider your symptoms, perform a physical exam to check for swollen joints or loss of motion, and use blood tests and X-rays to confirm the diagnosis. X-rays and blood tests also help distinguish the type of arthritis you have.
Does physical therapy help arthritis?Most forms of arthritis benefit from Physical Therapy treatments. Learning how to perform daily activities more safely, learning how to protect and strengthen joints to prevent worsening symptoms and learning what contributing factors and ways to avoid them are just a few things that a physical therapist can teach you.