What are the Symptoms of Arthritis?

Arthritis symptoms take many different forms, and the pain you may experience is unique to you.

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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 commom 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.

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.

It can be tempting to brush off aches and pains as a normal part of life—just a part of getting older, right? But no matter your age, you shouldn’t ignore pain. Arthritis can strike at any stage in life.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 100 types of arthritis, all with different symptoms.1 However, some of the most common symptoms apply to several different types of arthritis, including two of the most common ones—osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Learn more about these symptoms so you can find a path to relief.

Common Arthritis Symptoms & Signs

  • Pain or aching at or around the joint that typically worsens as the day goes on.  
  • Stiffness that tends to be worse in the morning.  
  • Swelling and redness at or around the joint.
  • Decreased range of motion in the affected area.2,3,4

The symptoms of arthritis not only vary from type to type—they can also vary from person to person.2 Two people with the same type of arthritis might feel different types of pain. Learn more about the risk factors of developing arthritis, so you can be better prepared to deal with them and keep moving.

RA and OA symptoms can be easily confused but there are some ways to differentiate between these two types. RA symptoms usually have a rapid onset, whereas OA symptoms are more likely to worsen over time. 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. 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. 

Arthritis Risk factors5

  • Genetics: Some types of arthritis can be genetic, so if your parents or siblings have the condition, you may be at a higher risk.
  • Age: The older you get, the more risk you have of developing arthritis. On the flipside, younger people with joint pain, swelling, or stiffness might not even consider arthritis, but you can get arthritis during every stage of life—including young adulthood.
  • Gender: Women are more likely than men to develop certain types of arthritis, including OA and RA.
  • Previous injury: If you have ever injured a joint badly enough, you could develop OA in that area later in life.
  • Obesity: Excess weight puts stress on joints and can put you at a higher risk of developing arthritis.

Pain Isn’t Just Physical, It’s Emotional Too

While painful warning signals are sent through your body, the emotional impact shouldn’t be overlooked. 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. While these are understandable emotions, they’ve also been shown to make pain harder to handle.5 Add uncertainty over when arthritis pain will return, and depression can kick in—but not all is doom and gloom. Once you identify these symptoms, you can find better ways to alleviate pain and get moving again. We’re here to help you along every step of the way.

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