Physical Therapy For Arthritis: What Are the Signs of Early Onset Arthritis?

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Physical Therapy For Arthritis

When most young individuals think about arthritis, they tend to brush it aside, considering it an exclusively geriatric disease for the older generations. However, arthritis can affect young people as well. So it’s important to know some of the signs of early-onset arthritis and how physical therapy for arthritis can help.  

Arthritis refers to inflammation in the joints. Besides the obvious symptoms of joint stiffness and pain, a number of other indicators can signify that arthritis is on the way. Some signs are subtle and can be easily ignored. Be aware of the signs to ensure you’re taking the best care of your health and longevity this year.

How Common is Arthritis in Young People?

When someone who is physically active injures a joint, often their first thought is, “how fast can I get back to my activity?” That kind of thinking, however could lead to painful problems years later. In fact, arthritis in seniors can often be traced back to an improperly rehabilitated injury or health condition that occurred when the senior was much younger.

In a rush to get back in the game is tempting, but adequate recovery measures are critical.

But, just because you’re in your 30s, or even 20s, doesn’t mean you can’t develop arthritis.

In fact, the chances that a young adult will develop this painful disease are more common than previously thought. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 7 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 44 have been diagnosed with arthritis. For adults ages 44 to 65, the number increases to almost 30 percent.

Certain factors, such as smoking, family history and obesity, or previous injuries in athletes, can increase that risk.

If you suspect that you or your loved one has arthritis, it is very important to have this evaluated soon. Arthritis in young individuals can progress in severity if not properly treated.

What Are Some Signs of Early Onset Arthritis?

Fatigue & Flu-Like Symptoms

Of course, fatigue can be a sign for a lot of different things. But, if your doctor has ruled out other health conditions, chronic fatigue, when combined with a loss of appetite, high temperature and weight loss can all be early warning signs of RA.


Redness around your joints can occur from inflammation of arthritis. Gout, a common form of early arthritis, is caused by uric acid crystals that collect in the joints. One common location this is seen is the big toe.


Swelling can vary in those affected by arthritis. While it’s usually dependent on physical activity and dietary choices, this swelling, due to the overproduction of synovial fluid, can lead to increasingly painful and stiff joints. The swelling can also cause a reduction in range of motion, as well as weakness that makes daily activities more difficult.

Hot & Painful Joints

If you are experiencing hot and/or painful joints, knowing the details matter. When you review your symptoms with your doctor, you will be asked if the joint pain came on suddenly or manifested gradually and how long the pain has persisted. Unless you’re able to point to a specific injury, arthritis could be a possibility.


One of the earliest signs of arthritis is joint stiffness after a period of inactivity (such as sitting for an extended period of time or waking up in the morning). But arthritis can also be commonly mistaken for an injury itself or a result of being sore from doing too much activity.

Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy for Arthritis

While there is no cure for this disease, Physical Therapy for arthritis, also known as arthritis rehabilitation, can provide relief for those suffering from pain and stiffness due to the loss of cartilage in their joints. Using exercises, manipulations and specific equipment, we’ll help you regain or improve mobility and function so you can live an active, pain-free life.

Call the skilled experts at 1-877-304-3000 or schedule an appointment to learn more about our physical therapy for arthritis programs designed to help you restore mobility, reduce overall pain and increase function levels.

Why Choose Twin Boro Physical Therapy

Voted Readers’ Choice Best of New Jersey, Twin Boro has provided NJ residents with high quality physical therapy and rehab for over 38 years! It’s our award-winning approach, proven results and reputation that sets us apart. By incorporating the One2Four program into each patient’s program, the latest and most reliable scientific research and techniques are incorporated into effective evidence-based practice. We deliver only the highest standard of care with the unique One2Four approach.

It’s no surprise that Twin Boro Physical Therapy has also been voted the best physical therapy practice in New Jersey by the readers of

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