How do you recognize OA?
This article will deal with the common symptoms of OA in various parts of the body. It further helps the reader in identifying the symptoms for the various body parts from just recognizing pain.
Common Symptoms of OA
How do you identify and understand the early warning signs of OA? Is pain the only decipherable symptom? Well, not really. Below are all the most common symptoms of someone affected by Osteoarthritis:
- Pain: First and foremost is the pain, in the joints of knees, fingers, hips and joints in general. It may be intermittent or continuous, burning or sharp, while awake or while asleep. All of these are clear signs of the onset and the seriousness of OA.
- Sore and stiff joints: These could occur after a period of rest or sleep in the mornings. Your joints feel stiff and creaky until you are mobile or after some movement.
- Clicking or cracking sound: There can be a clicking or a creaky sound with mild swelling of joints, if one has excess body weight.
- Muscle Weakness: There may be weakness of muscle around the joints.
- Deformed Joints: If the joints begin to appear incorrectly formed, it leads to acute pain.
- Sleep Problems: Pain could cause irregular sleep, and lack of sleep could compound how one copes with the pain.
- Affected Joints: OA tends to primarily occur in hips, knees, fingers and feet, but can be in other joints too.
Hips: Pain is felt in the groin area, and sometimes on the inside of one’s thighs.
Knees: A scraping sensation is caused by movement of one’s knees.
Fingers: Bony growths in the finger joints cause swelling, which make it tender and red.
Feet: Pain and tenderness is felt at the base of the big toe, and sometimes, there is swelling in the ankles as well.
- Tendency to fall: People with OA tend to fall and suffer greater risk of fracture than others. Impaired movement, stiffness and muscle weakness causes these falls.
Also, a sedentary lifestyle due to resignation of this situation causes further obesity; and hence increases the chance of diabetes, heart diseases and high blood pressure.
Thus, it is necessary to properly understand the symptoms of OA in general, and concerning several parts of the body, in addition to the overall impact that it has on one’s health, in order to deal with OA positively and effectively.
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