VO: What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Text: Voltaren has been studied to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis. There are many other types of arthritis that may be of interest to you, even though they’re not treated by Voltaren.
VO: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 100 types of arthritis, all with different symptoms. However, some of the most common symptoms apply to different types of arthritis, including osterarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
VO: Common arthritis symptoms and signs
VO: Pain or aching at or around the joint that typically worsens as the day goes on
VO: Stiffness that tends to worsen in the morning
VO: Swelling or redness at or around the joint
VO: Decreased range of motion in the affected area
VO: RA and OA symptoms can be easily confused but there are some ways to differentiate between these two types.
VO: RA symptoms usually have a rapid onset, whereas OA symptoms are usually more likely to worsen over time.
VO: With RA, symptoms tend to appear on both sides of the body, while OA symptoms may affect joints on one side of the body worse than the other.
VO: And while morning stiffness in RA patients will usually last longer than 30 minutes, OA patients typically experience morning stiffness for less than a half hour.
VO: Pain isn’t just physical, it’s emotional too.
VO: While painful signals are sent through your body, the emotional impact shouldn’t be overlooked.
VO: Arthritis flare-ups can get so bad that they force you to cancel plans with loved ones. This stress may affect your social life and lower your overall quality of life too.
VO: While these are understandable emotions, they’ve also been shown to make pain harder to handle.
VO: Once you identify these symptoms, you can find better ways to alleviate pain and get moving again.