6 Signs It’s Time to Call Your Doctor for an Osteoarthritis Evaluation

Moving Ahead     Spring 2019

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You want to stay active and avoid pain, right? Then don’t delay seeking treatment for joint problems like osteoarthritis. Your doctor can help you avoid permanent joint damage and other serious health issues.

So, what joint symptoms are a sign for you to call your doctor for an evaluation?

When to Call Your Doctor

“You have good reason to make an appointment with your doctor if any of these joint symptoms last three days, or you experience several episodes of these symptoms within a month,” says Premier Orthopedics physician Dennis Brown, MD. Symptoms include:

  1. Pain, tenderness or stiffness in one or more joints, particularly first thing in the morning or after rest
  2. Joint pain that is worse — particularly in hips, knees and lower back — after activity or at day’s end
  3. Swollen joints, especially after extended activity
  4. Limited range of joint motion or stiffness that goes away after movement
  5. Difficulty moving a joint or doing common, daily activities
  6. Clicking or cracking sound when a joint bends

Keep in mind that joint symptoms tend to come on gradually — not suddenly. But when the signs of osteoarthritis begin to limit your daily activities, it’s time to take action and call your doctor.

The Benefits of Involving Your Doctor

“Based on your condition, you and your doctors can develop a joint treatment plan to minimize your symptoms, help you preserve joint function and improve your quality of life by enabling you to stay as active as possible,” says says Dr. Brown.

When the signs of osteoarthritis begin to limit your daily activities, it’s time to take action and call your doctor.

And staying active provides you at least two additional benefits:

  • Decreased risk for weight gain. Extra pounds raise your risk for serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • Decreased risk for falls. Physical activity strengthens your muscles and helps you maintain better balance. The Arthritis Foundation reports that people with osteoarthritis have as much as a 30 percent higher risk of falling and a 20 percent greater risk of fractures. Seeking treatment for osteoarthritis can help you stay on your feet.

It's easy to get the care you need.

See a Premier Physician Network provider near you.