Features May 2003 Issue

Joint Foolery: Pains That Mimic Arthritis

Stiff or painful joints could be a sign of other problems—large or small.

There are a number of conditions that can cause pain near your joints. They may feel similar to arthritis, yet they can be something entirely different. Some of these problems are serious (avascular necrosis, stress fractures, certain forms of cancer), others less so (bursitis, tendonitis). In either case, it’s best to let your doctor know about any changes in your joint pain, so these “mimics of arthritis” can be diagnosed early and treatment begun. …

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