There are 100 different rheumatic conditions many of which impact tens of millions of Americans. According to the CDC over 52 million Americans reported that they were diagnosed with arthritis. A number that continues to rise as our population ages, treatment can only begin once a diagnosis has been made. So how do you know if you have arthritis or other rheumatic conditions?
The only way to know what type of condition you have and what treatments are available to you is by visiting the doctor. If your doctor believes that you have a condition such as osteoarthritis or lupus, they will suggest that you visit a rheumatologist right away to get the treatments you need.
Unlike many diseases, many rheumatic conditions have quite varied symptoms. One person diagnosed with a condition may suffer a certain symptom while another may not however, the most common signs and symptoms of arthritis often include swelling in one or more joints, stiffness that lasts for at least an hour, constant or recurring pain, difficulty in moving your joints and warmth or redness.
When diagnosing these conditions, the more honest you are, the more likely you will get an accurate diagnosis. Questions such as where and how often do you feel pain, how much activity does it require for your pain to begin, do you have a family history of any conditions and have you had any recent health problems will all help with the diagnosis.
Rheumatologist Webberville MI
The Arthritis Institute of Michigan is located just 27 miles from Webberville and is accepting new patients. Established in 1998, the Arthritis Institute of Michigan moved into its state of the art facility in Brighton in 2003 and has been serving the community with skill and concern ever since. If you live in or near Webberville and are facing a rheumatic condition, we are here to help you. To find out more and get started today, contact us by phone at 1.810.225.7553 or simply fill out the form below to schedule your appointment today. Don’t be defined by your disease, control it.