Everyone deals with occasional aches and pains. But if joint pains become more frequent, you may worry that you have arthritis. A primary care physician can help you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. Since October 12 is World Arthritis Day, Palmetto Tri-County Primary Care wants you to understand more about arthritis.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is another name for joint inflammation. This condition causes serious joint pain and stiffness that worsens over time. While it’s fairly common, medical researchers aren’t completely sure of¬†the causes of arthritis. Complicating matters is the fact that there are over 100 types and sub-types of arthritis. Add to that the fact that each person’s pain levels and rate of progression will be different.

Are my aches and pains actually arthritis?

Self-diagnosis is usually not a good idea, especially when arthritis is involved. The fact that arthritis can come and go at different periods makes it especially hard for people to know if they have it. Sometimes people who do have arthritis may assume their aches and pains are just a natural part of aging.

How do I find out if I have arthritis?

Talk to your primary care physician. Your doctor will give you an accurate diagnosis and suggest treatment options to help you conquer the pain.

To a primary care physician about your joint pain, or to see if you have arthritis, make an appointment at Palmetto Tri-County Primary Care.

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