Early Signs of Arthritis

Posted on February 29th, 2016 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

Think arthritis is just for the elderly? Think again – more than half of all Americans who suffer from arthritis are under the age of 65. Many of these people begin showing symptoms as young as their 30s. Be on the lookout for these five early warning signs of arthritis.

Morning Stiffness

Many of us have some stiffness in the morning, but it should disappear after a few minutes of stretching and moving. Being unable to move comfortably after 30 minutes of waking up is cause for concern, as this is an early sign of rheumatoid arthritis.

Joint Numbness

Inflammatory arthritis, such as RA, can create pressure on the nerves in your body. When your joints swell, these nerves can become compressed, causing a numbness or tingling sensation in your hands or feet.


Believe it or not, chronic tiredness can be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. Since RA is a disorder of systemic inflammation, your entire body is affected – not just particular joints. Be on the lookout for joint pain accompanying this fatigue, which could come and go from day to day or week to week.

Reduced Range of Motion

Inflammation in your tendons and joints can reduce your body’s range of motion. Sometimes, you will be unable to fully bend or straighten some of your joints. It is important to regularly stretch and engage in physical activity, despite discomfort this may cause.

Joint Pain

When people think of arthritis, they think of joint pain. This is the symptom most associated with arthritis, and can occur during physical activity or while you are resting. Joint pain can affect any area of the body, but it is most common in the wrists, hands, ankles, knees, and feet.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to consult an orthopedic professional. The licensed doctors at OSG have been helping patients overcome their arthritic symptoms for decades. With three convenient locations throughout Fairfield County, we are there for you when you need us and where you need us. Call (203) 337-2600 to schedule an appointment.