Arthritis

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Arthritis

Arthritis is not a single disease. This leading cause of disability in America is addressed as joint pain or joint diseases and there are more than one hundred different types of arthritis and its related conditions. Conditions of arthiritis do not pertain to specific ages, genders, or races however; it is most common amongst women and occurs more frequently amongst the ageing population.

TYPES OF ARTHRITIS

Degenerative Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis.

Mild to moderate joint symptoms can be managed by:

  • Balancing activity with rest
  • Using hot and cold therapies
  • Regular physical activity
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Strengthening the muscles around the joint for added support
  • Using assistive devices
  • Taking over the counter (otc) pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medicines
  • Avoiding excessive repetitive movements

If joint symptoms are severe, causing limited mobility and affecting quality of life, some of the above management strategies may be helpful, but joint replacement may be necessary.

Inflammatory Arthritis

A healthy immune system helps to rid of infection and prevent diseases but some immune system can mistakenly attack the joints with uncontrolled inflammation causing joint erosion. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are examples of inflammatory arthritis.

Infectious Arthritis

Joint inflammation can be triggered by bacteria, virus, or fungi such as: getting food poisoning or food contamination, Chlamydia and gonorrhea, or hepatitis C through blood infection and sharing needles. A timely treatment with antibiotics may clear the joint infection but the arthritis can become chronic.

Metabolic Arthritis

Uric acid is important for the body to break down purines found in many food items. Some people naturally produce more uric acid than needed and the body cannot rid of the uric acid fast enough therefore a high level of uric acid is built up causing most arthritis this make

Know the Difference Between Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

The two main types of arthritis that most people experience is osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Do you know the difference between the two?

Osteoarthritis

The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis involves wear-and-tear damage to your joint’s cartilage — the hard, slick coating on the ends of bones. Enough damage can result in bone grinding directly on bone, which causes pain and restricted movement. This wear and tear can occur over many years, or it can be hastened by a joint injury or infection.

Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid arthritis

In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsule, a tough membrane that encloses all the joint parts. This lining, known as the synovial membrane, becomes inflamed and swollen. The disease process can eventually destroy cartilage and bone within the joint.



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The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints. Depending on the type of arthritis you have, your signs and symptoms may include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Decreased range of motion

Here are some risk factors that are involved with arthritis pain. Some or all may be the main reason for your arthritis. Refer to your pain management doctor for full details on your risk factors.

  • Family history. Some types of arthritis run in families, so you may be more likely to develop arthritis if your parents or siblings have the disorder. Your genes can make you more susceptible to environmental factors that may trigger arthritis.
  • Age. The risk of many types of arthritis — including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout — increases with age.
  • Your sex. Women are more likely than are men to develop rheumatoid arthritis, while most of the people who have gout, another type of arthritis, are men.
  • Previous joint injury. People who have injured a joint, perhaps while playing a sport, are more likely to eventually develop arthritis in that joint.
  • Obesity. Carrying excess pounds puts stress on joints, particularly your knees, hips and spine. Obese people have a higher risk of developing arthritis.

Surgery can be used in place of conservative measures when it comes to arthritis. Dr. Vishal Kapoor will be with you every step of the way to make sure you get maximal pain relief. Here are some suggestions he may refer to when it comes to arthritis surgery.

  • Joint repair. In some instances, joint surfaces can be smoothed or realigned to reduce pain and improve function. These types of procedures can often be performed arthroscopically — through small incisions over the joint.
  • Joint replacement. This procedure removes your damaged joint and replaces it with an artificial one. Joints most commonly replaced are hips and knees.
  • Joint fusion. This procedure is more often used for smaller joints, such as those in the wrist, ankle and fingers. It removes the ends of the two bones in the joint and then locks those ends together until they heal into one rigid unit.

Alternative remedies for arthritis include can be used in place of surgery. Here is a list of alternative medicine for treating arthritis pain.

  • Acupuncture. This therapy uses fine needles inserted at specific points on the skin to reduce many types of pain, including that caused by some types of arthritis.
  • Glucosamine. Although study results have been mixed, it now appears that glucosamine works no better than placebo. However, glucosamine and the placebo both relieved arthritis pain better than taking nothing, particularly in people who have moderate to severe pain.
  • Yoga or tai chi. The slow, stretching movements associated with yoga and tai chi may help improve joint flexibility and range of motion in people with some types of arthritis.
  • Massage. Light stroking and kneading of muscles may increase blood flow and warm affected joints, temporarily relieving pain. Make sure your massage therapist knows which joints are affected by arthritis.