According to The National Academy of Aging Society, almost half of all elderly people have arthritis, and the elderly population is the fastest-growing segment in the U.S. Projections indicate that by 2020, almost 60 million people, or about 20 percent of the population, will have arthritis.

There are over 100 rheumatic diseases under the umbrella term, arthritis. A rheumatologist will diagnose, manage and treat those with arthritis. Since rheumatic diseases are hard to identify in the early stages, a trained rheumatologist will be able to distinguish between your symptoms and give you a proper diagnosis. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, so Queen City Elder Care is calling attention to the symptoms of rheumatic disease. Below is a list of symptoms that signal you should go see a rheumatologist:

  1. You have swelling in your joints
  2. You have pain in your joints, muscles or bones
  3. You have abnormal ANA, RF or ESR blood test results
  4. You experience extreme stiffness in joints
  5. You have a decreased range of motion

If you want to help raise awareness for National Arthritis Month, you can sign up to participate in an Arthritis Walk near you.

Mark & Michele Vollmer, Co-Owners, Managing Partners
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