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Warning Signs

The warning signs of arthritis can include:

  • Lasting joint pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Tenderness or pain when touching a joint
  • Problems using or moving a joint normally
  • Warmth and redness in a joint
  • Pain or stiffness that is worse upon waking up but improves over 30-60 minutes

If any one of these symptoms lasts longer than two weeks, be sure to make an appointment to see your provider. If you have a fever, feel physically ill, suddenly have a swollen joint, or have problems using your joint, see your provider immediately. In most cases, your provider will ask questions about your symptoms and do a physical exam. X-rays or lab tests may be suggested prior to any decisions regarding a treatment plan.