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How to Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis

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Updated June 27, 2014

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Signs of Arthitis
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The initial signs and symptoms of arthritis can be confusing. Many people suspect an injury when they experience early symptoms. It's very important to realize that joint pain, joint stiffness and limited range of motion should not be ignored. Paying attention to early symptoms is the first step on your way to being properly diagnosed and treated. Read more in Recognizing Early Arthritis Symptoms.

Take our Screening Quizzes for Arthritis and Rheumatic Conditions, too, but they do not take the place of a professional evaluation by your doctor. Consult with your doctor when you experience symptoms.

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Time Required: Don't ignore your symptoms.

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