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At Risk at Any Age

Posted on April 15, 2019

It is true that many health conditions develop as a consequence of aging: High blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and eye issues are just some conditions that seem to come on as we get older. But, it’s possible for them to develop in younger people, too. That includes arthritis, a condition traditionally thought of as affecting only older adults. Find out how to spot the signs of arthritis and why you need to seek help when you do see them at any age.

Not Just for the Elderly

Did you know that about 7 percent of arthritis cases diagnosed by doctors are in people between ages 18 and 44? There is also a form of arthritis that occurs in children under the age of 16. Arthritis fact: Some researchers estimate that between 30 and 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some form of the joint condition.

There Are Different Types

There are more than 100 kinds of arthritis, which can make diagnosing a particular case difficult. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, a condition that develops when the cartilage in a joint or joints wears away. Another prevalent common form is inflammatory arthritis, also known as rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that causes the immune system to attack joints and increase inflammation.

Other forms of arthritis develop as a result of bacterial infections, caused by illness, food poisoning, sexually transmitted diseases and sharing recreational drug needles. Gout, a medical condition caused by metabolic dysfunction in processing uric acid, is also a form of arthritis.

See the Signs 

No matter the type, the early signs of arthritis are very similar. It is important to remember that many of these signs could have other causes, too, so be sure to make an appointment with your doctor to receive an accurate diagnosis.

The early signs of arthritis include:

  • Chronic heat in a particular joint 
  • Dull or burning feeling in that area
  • Joint stiffness, especially when waking up or getting up after sitting or lying down
  • Fatigue, despite long periods of rest
  • Joint swelling
  • Pain, grating or grinding when the affected joint with movement
  • Rashes or skin discoloration

What Can You Do?

If you see these signs, again, we suggest you visit your doctor as soon as possible for a checkup. Early detection is critical for your overall health. Do not despair – there are early interventions that can reduce your discomfort and slow down the progression of your condition.

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