Joint pain can be associated with more than 50 kinds of arthritis - but it can also be caused by conditions that are not arthritis at all.
So when a joint aches, how you know whether you have arthritis or something else? And if you have arthritis, how do you know which kind you have?
Getting the right diagnosis is critical. Treatment for joint pain differs widely, depending on the cause. The right diagnosis and early treatment can slow joint damage and return you to your previous level of activity. The wrong treatment - or avoiding treatment - may mean joint deterioration, poor function, and compromised mobility.
To help you analyze your arthritis, Cleveland Clinic's Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center has produced a free downloadable arthritis and joint pain guide. The guide includes information on the following:
Don't let arthritis keep you from enjoying a normal life. Get answers today by downloading our free guide.