When Joint Pain Means It's Time to See Your Doctor
If you are having joint symptoms that cause concern, you may have arthritis. Learn when you need to see a doctor.
People are often surprised to learn that “arthritis” isn’t a diagnosis. It’s a general term that covers more than 100 diseases and related conditions. Knowing which type of arthritis, you have is the first step in getting the right treatment and management plan for your situation.
Some types of arthritis require prompt action. If you have a type of arthritis that can cause permanent joint damage, getting treatment quickly can help preserve joint function and prevent other serious health problems.
On the other hand, infrequent or mild joint pains may not require a special or urgent doctor visit. While it’s good idea to talk with your doctor about your joint health and risks for arthritis, in general, you might be able to save the conversation for your next check-up.
When to See a Doctor If You Are Having Joint Symptoms
- Pain, swelling, or stiffness in one or more joints.
- Joints that are red or warm to the touch.
- Joint tenderness or stiffness.
- Difficulty moving a joint or doing daily activities.
- Joint symptoms that cause you concern.
- Joint symptoms that last three days or more.
- Several episodes of joint symptoms within a month.
Which Type of Health Care Provider to See
After an Arthritis Diagnosis
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