Which arthritis symptoms do you have?
Each of these different types of arthritis presents with different symptoms. The most common way to narrow down your diagnosis is by examining what joints are affected by arthritis and what the pain pattern is.
Osteoarthritis generally occurs in small joints such as your thumb first. It may only be in one joint and the stiffness you feel in the morning doesn't last more than thirty minutes.
Rheumatoid arthritis usually occurs in the same joints on both sides of the body and involves pain in four or more joints at the same time. Morning pain and stiffness frequently last more than thirty minutes. You will also need a blood test to diagnose this form of arthritis.
Gout tends to affect places such as the big toe most commonly. It tends to look very red and inflamed and will often flare up after eating certain foods. In particular purine-rich foods such as alcohol and shellfish.
Ankylosing spondylitis usually starts between the ages of twenty and forty. Low back pain and pain in the buttocks and hip are usually the first symptoms. Children, however, may have pain in the hips, knees or heels before the back.
For more information on arthritis, the website www.arthritis.org/home has some great, easy to read information for patients.
Whatever you do, don't put up with pain! Call Enhance Osteopathy in Heidelberg today to see if our staff can assist you with your arthritis on (03) 9499 9456