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What Are Some Symptoms of Arthritis?

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Arthritis is a form of inflammation of one or more of your joints. There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis, most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Over the last 25 years disability due to musculoskeletal disorders, i.e. arthritis has increased by 45%. Is the most common cause of disability in the USA.

Symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited function of joints characterized by:

• Joint stiffness
• swelling
• pain
• redness
• warmth
• decreased range of motion.

Additional symptoms may include:

• Inability to use your hands or walk.
• malaise
• fatigue
• fever
• gland swelling
• weight loss

Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States, with more than 20 million people having severe limitations in function on a daily basis. Absenteeism and frequent visits to the position as a result of arthritis is an estimated cost of $100 billion of which have is from lost earnings.

Earlier diagnosis by a health care professional can mitigate and slow down the progression of the disease. Finding the underlying cause in treating the disease through exercise, medications, or diet can help the individual live a more fulfilling life.

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