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Early Signs of Arthritis

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Arthritis doesn’t describe a single disease; it actually describes a group of joint diseases. There are over 100 types, and many are characterized by pain and stiffness in the joints. Some types affect other parts of the body like the skin, eyes or even the heart.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common type. The symptoms can vary depending on which joints are affected and on the severity of the disease. It most commonly affects the joints in the arms, legs, lower back and hips.

Pain, stiffness and tenderness are the earliest symptoms of osteoarthritis. In the early stages of the condition, the symptoms tend to be worse when the patient is physically active. They then fade when the patient rests. As the disease progresses, the symptoms persist even when the patient is resting.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

This is another common type, and it is caused by an autoimmune disorder that attacks the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly affects the knees, elbows, hips, shoulders, hands and feet. In its early stages, it resembles other types of arthritis. Unfortunately, the disease’s most characteristic symptoms, like the formation of nodules or the erosion of joints, don’t develop until the disease is fairly advanced.

Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects the smaller joints first, so patients will usually feel pain and stiffness in their hands before their shoulders are affected. Wrist joints are often among the first to be affected, so a patient has trouble bending their wrist backwards even during the early stages of the disease. The patient will also often feel tingling and numbness in their hands and/or fingers. Other early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include fatigue, weight loss and a low-grade fever.

Other Types of Arthritis

Some of the other types, as well as conditions that can be related to the disease, include:

  • Metacarpophalangeal joint
  • Thumb basal joint
  • Kienbock’s Disease
  • Psoriatic
  • Joint replacement surgery

Treatment Options

If you are dealing with this troubling condition, take a moment to get in touch with the team at Arora Hand Surgery. There are treatments available that can help to alleviate your symptoms. We have offices in West Bloomfield, Howell, Macomb, and Warren. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn about your treatment options.

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Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Arthritis Sufferers

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One of the most common afflictions among people in the United States is arthritis. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, and while many of them have the same types of signs and symptoms, there are some differences that are important to note.


Symptoms can include pain in the joints. Sufferers can feel pain in the joint during movement as well as after movement. The affected area may also be tender to the touch, even if there is only a minimal amount of pressure applied to the joint. Many sufferers also complain that they feel stiff when they wake up in the morning. They also lose a substantial amount of flexibility in their hands (and other joints). The joint could also develop bone spurs. This occurs due to the wearing away of the cartilage at the end of the joints.

This type of arthritis can affect many people, and there are a variety of different risk factors that come into play. Those who are older are at risk, as the cartilage in the joints tends to wear down with age. Women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis than men. Those who have suffered from joint injuries in the past could be at a higher risk as well. In addition, workplace factors (jobs that have repetitive motions), genetics, and other diseases can increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

RA is another common type of arthritis, and this can be more dangerous than other forms of arthritis as it can affect the organs in the body. It can be difficult to detect RA, but there are some symptoms to consider. Those who have RA tend to have injuries that will be difficult to heal. They may also feel a tingling or numb sensation in their hands. This can sound similar to carpal tunnel. RA can also cause eye problems, foot problems, and aching joints. If you go to the doctor, make sure you tell him or her about all of your symptoms so you receive a proper diagnosis.

What Treatments Are Available?

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to treat arthritis today. Doctors may recommend some lifestyle changes for a start. They may want you to stop smoking and to get more exercise, which can promote feeling better in general. They may also offer pain medications, or suggest over the counter medications to help with the pain. Physical therapy can help as well. However, you want to make sure that you receive your exercises from an actual physical therapist so you can be sure you arent doing anything that could aggravate your arthritis further.

In some cases, the doctor may feel that surgery is the best option for you. You can discuss the surgical choices available. They may want to fuse the joints, which can help to relieve pain, clear out some of the inflamed areas, or even replace the joints.

Whenever you are suffering from any type of injury to the hand, whether it is arthritis or something else entirely, please call or visit our hand doctor’s office in Howell, Warren, West Bloomfield, or Macomb to get in touch with a medical professional. You need to have a proper diagnosis if you are expected to heal.

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