Early Signs Of Arthritis
If you have begun to notice stiffness, aching, and swelling in your joints, and have difficulty moving freely, especially in the morning, it may be time to talk to your doctor about arthritis. There are well over 100 different types of arthritis, so this first conversation can seem daunting at first. Keep reading to find out which symptoms you should watch out for and mention to your doctor, and what different types of treatment you can expect for your condition.
You will want to first pay attention to the symptoms you’re experiencing. Do they usually occur in the mornings, evenings, or after exercise? If the pain began suddenly, try to remember if and how you may have injured the affected joint. It is possible that you may have sprained it and eventually, the injury will heal. If the pain persists for a couple weeks or more, it’s likely time to see a doctor. Some inflammatory arthritis conditions present suddenly as well.
If you have symptoms other than pain, such as redness, swelling, or heat, you’ll want to make sure to see a doctor soon. It’s important to pay attention to these seemingly small details, as it will help your doctor accurately diagnose your condition and get you started on a treatment plan. Some arthritic conditions are accompanied by other problems such as rashes or intestinal issues.
While we caution you against self-diagnosing and self-treating, there are some things you can do to alleviate pain while you’re waiting to see your doctor. Hot and cold compresses relieve pain and reduce swelling, respectively, and over-the counter pain relievers can reduce inflammation as well. Many states allow direct access to trained and professional physical therapists as well; if they feel a physician visit is warranted they will request it for you.
Herbal remedies, such as CBD cream, oil, or CBD-infused multivitamins, are great options for arthritic pain as well.
CBD does not cure or treat arthritis; rather, the plant-based CBD can assist with the symptoms from the inflammation and pain.
You can read more about CBD’s anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and other health benefits by reading our blog: “What Is CBD?”
However, these are not options you should use in lieu of doctor-led treatments. They can relieve pain and inflammation in the short term, however, you will want to develop a treatment plan for your long-term joint care and function.
While your general practitioner may be able to diagnose your pain as arthritic in nature or even identify the specific condition, seeing an orthopedic surgeon or a rheumatologist is your best bet for receiving an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. First visit your primary care physician, who will then recommend a specialist if you need one. Many primary care physicians are perfectly capable of taking care of basic arthritic symptoms too.
Arthritis, especially if it’s time-related, is a condition that you will likely be managing for quite a while. It is very likely your doctor will recommend lifestyle changes, including changes to your diet, exercise routine, and more. They may put you on a supplement or prescription regimen depending on the severity of your condition. You may be referred for surgery or a physical therapy regimen as well.
Unfortunately, arthritis is typically incurable, but you can slow your joint degeneration and reduce your pain with mindful lifestyle changes. Talk to your doctor today if you believe you’re suffering from arthritis – it’s never too early to begin creating a long-term treatment plan.
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