Signs and symptoms of arthritis

As with the cause of arthritis, the pattern and location of symptoms of arthritis can also vary depending on the type. Symptoms arthritis.

Warning signs of arthritis include pain, swelling, stiffness and difficulty moving a joint.
Arthritis symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly, and as arthritis is most often a chronic disease, symptoms may come and go, or persist over time.


There are four key warning signs of arthritis that should prompt a discussion with a health care provider:

  • Pain. Pain from arthritis can be constant, or it may come and go. Pain might be isolated to one place or felt in many parts of the body
  • Swelling. Some types of arthritis cause the skin over the affected joint to become red and swollen, feeling warm to the touch
  • Stiffness. Stiffness is a typical arthritis symptom, especially when waking up in the morning or after sitting at a desk or riding in a car for a long time
  • Difficulty moving a joint. Moving a joint or getting up from a chair should not be hard or painful.