Joint Pain

Many peo­ple expe­ri­ence joint pain, espe­cial­ly in the hands. Joint pain becomes par­tic­u­lar­ly more preva­lent as we age. It is impor­tant to dis­tin­guish pain that is due to inflam­ma­tion in the joints, from pain that is due to degen­er­a­tion of bone and cartilage.

Some peo­ple expe­ri­ence pain and swelling in their hands that is worse in the morn­ing and sub­sides through­out the day. This is often asso­ci­at­ed with a pro­longed peri­od of joint stiff­ness that is worse in the morn­ing, and improves with activ­i­ty. It is impor­tant that you dis­cuss these symp­toms with your pri­ma­ry care doctor.

Ear­ly eval­u­a­tion and diag­no­sis, espe­cial­ly if your joints are inflamed, may lead to ear­li­er treat­ment and bet­ter out­comes. Your doc­tor may order blood tests to help screen for cer­tain forms of arthri­tis, and to see if there is any inflam­ma­tion in the body. X‑rays are often help­ful to see which joints may be involved.

If any of these tests are abnor­mal it may be help­ful to speak to a Rheuma­tol­o­gist to deter­mine what treat­ment, if any, is best for you.

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