We commonly experience aches and pains in our muscles and joints, but when symptoms persist for more than a few days it is important to consult your doctor soon. In most cases, the sooner a treatment begins the more effective it will be.
You should seek advice from a healthcare professional if:
- you experience aches and pains in your joint(s) that are not related to an injury and do not ease after a few days, or aches and pains in your joint(s) that persist long after an injury;
- if a joint becomes swollen and stiff especially if not related to an injury;
- if you are unable to perform daily tasks because of aches and pains in your muscles or joints.
Before diagnosing arthritis, your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and how they developed, they will examine you, and may arrange for tests to be done such as request a blood test or x-rays.