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Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis | Osteoarthritis

There are over 200 diseases that are classified under the term “arthritis”.  Most of these fall under two classifications, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  Osteoarthritis is by far the most common, affecting forty million Americans and eighty percent of people over age fifty.  Arthritis is the number one crippling disease in America.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis | osteoarthritis below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis:

  • Morning stiffness, especially in damp weather
  • Painful joints
  • Joint swelling
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Deformity of joints in some cases
  • Joint swelling
  • Bony protusions in the middle and on the ends of fingers, which may or may not be painful
  • Pain after overuse of joints
  • Pain after long periods of inactivity

Almost everyone has some form of osteoarthritis after age sixty.  It is more common in women than in men.  Even young people can have signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis.  The signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis are associated with the breakdown of cartilage in the joints.  This can occur almost anywhere in the body, although the most common areas are the knees, hips, and spine.  The fingers, large toe and neck joints can also be affected by signs and symptoms of arthritis.

The signs and symptoms of arthritis are usually brought on by the normal wear and tear of the joints. For some people, stress aggravates arthritic pain, as does changes in weather.  Dampness and falling barometric pressure bring on the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Diagnosis of Arthritis | Osteoarthritis

A diagnosis of osteoarthritis is made through a physical examination and a description of symptoms.  Sometimes x-rays are used to determine the type and severity of arthritis.

Books for People With Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis

The Arthritis Cure, Revised and Updated: The Medical Miracle That Can Halt, Reverse, And May Even Cure Osteoarthritis
Barry Fox
Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Arthritis: Reverse Underlying Causes of Arthritis With Clinically Proven Alternative Therapies Second Edition
Ellen Kamhi

The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Arthritis (Cleveland Clinic Guides)
John D. Clough
Conquering Arthritis: What Doctors Don’t Tell You Because They Don’t Know
Barbara D. Allan

Arthritis Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Arthritis Foundation

A voluntary health agency covering all arthritis and related conditions.

  • Arthritis . com

Find information and resources about arthritis including arthritis pain and symptoms relief options, experience and knowledge for OA and RA at

  • About . com

Welcome to the Arthritis Forum. You will find the most supportive group of people here. Share your story. Ask questions. Join the conversation!

  • E Health Forum

Welcome to the Arthritis Forum – a health community featuring member and doctor discussions ranging from a specific symptom to related conditions, treatment options, medication, side effects, diet, and emotional issues surrounding medical conditions.

  • Med Help

Arthritis Help Forum. This forum is for help, questions and support regarding Arthritis.

Medical Resources

  • Web MD

Get in-depth arthritis information here including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and related conditions.

  • Medicine Net . com

Explains arthritis conditions includes symptoms, causes, medications, and treatment. Written and reviewed by a Rheumatologist

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.