Swelling and inflammation of a bone joint in the body which is causing pain and stiffness is generally termed as Arthritis.
As the above definition suggest, most common signs and symptoms of arthritis are related with the joints. Depending on the type of arthritis, signs and symptoms may vary. But generally they are :
Any movement involving joints will cause a brief pain in that joint. Initially the pain might not be very acute and consistent and hence generally ignored which ultimately escalates it.
One will notice a stiffness in the affected joint, especially when the movement of that joint has not taken place for a while (say after a sleep or after seating at a place for long time)
One may find light to high swelling on the skin over affected joint. This swelling need not be visible to eye, but one may feel it when touched with the finger.
One gets a feeling that two bones are rubbing on each other near the affected joint, sometimes causing a sound.
- Decreased range of motion
The joint may not able to complete its motion to the fullest capacity or sometimes the motion is completed with lesser strength.
In few versions of arthritis, (typically Infectious Arthritis or Juvenile Arthritis), Fever which comes and goes has been observed as a symptom.
In Juvenile Arthritis, Weight loss resulting from loss of appetite is another symptom.