If you’re suffering from joint pain, it may be a signal to a serious type of arthritis that could cause you permanent joint damage. It’s important to recognize symptoms of types of arthritis so that you can seek treatment right away, and avoid serious complications down the road.
Potential symptoms and signs of arthritis:
- Pain, swelling, or stiffness in one or more joints
- Extreme fatigue
- Joint stiffness
- Joints that are red or warm to the touch
- Joint tenderness or stiffness
- Difficulty moving a joint or doing daily activities
- Joint symptoms that cause you concern
If you’re having the following symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor:
- Joint symptoms that last three days or more
- Several episodes of joint symptoms within a month
Why does a prompt diagnosis matter?
Most people are surprised to hear that “arthritis” isn’t a diagnosis, it’s actually an umbrella term that covers more than 100 diseases and related conditions. Seeing a doctor and determining what type of arthritis you have will be the first step in figuring out the right treatment plan for your situation. Some types of arthritis require prompt action, and if you have a type of arthritis that can cause permanent joint damage, getting treatment right away can preserve joint function and prevent other serious health problems.
What type of health care provider should I see?
If you’re having joint symptoms, a primary care practitioner is a great place to start. However, arthritis is difficult to diagnose, so your doctor might recommend you see a rheumatologist. Rheumatologists are specialists in arthritis and diseases that involve bones, muscles, and joints. They are trained to make difficult diagnoses and to treat all types of arthritis, especially those that require a complex treatment plan.
What happens after an arthritis diagnosis?
After your arthritis diagnosis, your doctor or health care provider who understands arthritis will educate you on your medication plan, and how you can manage your arthritis on a day to day basis. They can also direct you to helpful resources, such as those provided by the Arthritis Foundation, including information on arthritis and daily living.
If you’re looking for a team of trusted doctors to help you manage your arthritis, Arthritis Clinic of Central Texas is here to help. We offer clinical trials, infusion drug management, outpatient specialty care, and more for those with Rheumatic and similar diseases. Contact us today at 512-667-7123 to set up and appointment today.