The pleasures of getting older include retiring, spending time with loved ones, and having more time for your creative and social endeavors. There’s another side to growing older, though, and that’s the pain, stiffness, and inflammation of arthritis.
There are over 100 types of arthritis, affecting more than 55 million adults. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which primarily affects the hands, hips, and knees.
The next most common type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that can be accompanied by fatigue, fever, and other symptoms.
With so many types of arthritis, and symptoms of arthritis, it’s important to have a trusted and experienced professional on your side who has the know-how to bring you relief.
Here in Sherman Oaks, California, Edward Carden, MD, offers both innovative and time-tested treatments for your painful arthritis symptoms. If you’re having any issues with your mobility, or any of the symptoms listed below, Dr. Carden is an excellent doctor for your needs.
Stiffness in the morning
This is what the Arthritis Foundation calls “a classic symptom” of arthritis. Some of us begin to experience this as soon as age 25, but it’s more common the closer you are to 50. It’s common for this stiffness in your joints to occur in the morning or if you’ve been sitting for a long time.
If you’re over age 50 and experiencing stiffness in your joints, Dr. Carden can help you.
Painful, inflamed joints
One of the most recognizable symptoms of arthritis is bulging, painful joints. This is particularly true with rheumatoid arthritis, but different types of arthritis can cause this symptom. Fingers are typically the victim of inflamed joints, but knees also can be affected.
Numbness and tingling
The inflammation in your joints can press on the surrounding nerves. The nerves respond to that pressure with the tingling you may feel with early arthritis. This is particularly true of rheumatoid arthritis, and it’s not uncommon for this numbness and tingling to become a burning sensation.
Clicking in your joints
As cartilage in your knees deteriorates, loose pieces of it and other tissue can prevent you from walking or moving your legs in a fluid motion. As a result, your leg may get stuck mid-motion, or you might hear clicking, snapping, or grinding from your knee.
Though this might sound scary, Dr. Carden can address it and all of your arthritis symptoms.
You might be experiencing not only pain, stiffness, and inflammation, but fatigue and fever, as well. Low-grade fevers can be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. Like joint stiffness, fevers tend to affect people with rheumatoid arthritis in the morning.
What should you do about arthritis symptoms?
If you’re experiencing symptoms of arthritis, early treatment can help alleviate your pain. Certain over-the-counter medications may be enough to address joint inflammation, but worse symptoms could be down the line if your current symptoms aren’t treated properly.
Dr. Carden is here with injections, medicines, and other therapies to help you manage your arthritis, whether you’re in the early stages or have suffered for years. Call our office today at 310-842-8668, or book your appointment online.