Are your sore joints trying to tell you something?

We all feel aches and pains from time to time. But if you often feel stiffness, swelling or pain in the knees, hips or other joints – don’t brush it off. Research suggests there could be as many Canadians living with undiagnosed arthritis as there are with the diagnosis.

It is important to recognize early signs of the disease because the condition can have a dramatic impact on your life, bringing pain, fatigue and restricted mobility.

“Simply put, early action can lead to early relief,” says Dr. Sian Bevan, chief science officer at Arthritis Society Canada. “Even young Canadians shouldn’t ignore persistent stiffness and pain. This disease does not discriminate and can strike at any age.”

Maintaining a healthy weight, keeping active and eating a balanced diet can all help relieve pain and slow joint degeneration.

Check your symptoms and learn how you can manage joint pain at arthritis.ca/symptomchecker

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