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14 Arthritis Symptoms You Could Be Missing

Reader's Digest.CA Logo By Elizabeth Manneh of Reader's Digest.CA | Slide 1 of 15: Joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and grinding joints—they're all classic symptoms of arthritis. However, there are some silent early signs that masquerade as something insignificant, but in truth indicate the onset of arthritis. Do you know what to look for?First, it's important to understand the difference between the two main types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a concern for all ages (here's why millennials especially should be concerned about rheumatoid arthritis). This autoimmune disease triggers inflammation that attacks the joints, triggering swelling, tenderness, pain, and limited mobility. RA can also target organs.Osteoarthritis (OA) has similar symptoms to RA like stiffness and joint pain, but it's brought on by wear and tear on the joints. OA generally only develops later in life, and the symptoms are limited to the joints.Rheumatologist Arundathi Jayatilleke MD, is an assistant professor in the division of Rheumatology at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia. We asked her to tell us which early signs of RA to watch out for.

The differences between rheumatoid and osteoarthritis

Joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and grinding joints—they're all classic symptoms of arthritis. However, there are some silent early signs that masquerade as something insignificant, but in truth indicate the onset of arthritis. Do you know what to look for?

First, it's important to understand the difference between the two main types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a concern for all ages (here's why millennials especially should be concerned about rheumatoid arthritis). This autoimmune disease triggers inflammation that attacks the joints, triggering swelling, tenderness, pain, and limited mobility. RA can also target organs.

Osteoarthritis (OA) has similar symptoms to RA like stiffness and joint pain, but it's brought on by wear and tear on the joints. OA generally only develops later in life, and the symptoms are limited to the joints.

Rheumatologist Arundathi Jayatilleke MD, is an assistant professor in the division of Rheumatology at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia. We asked her to tell us which early signs of RA to watch out for.

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