Arthritis

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Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis.The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and related autoimmune diseases. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection. There are several diseases where joint pain is primary, and is considered the main feature. Generally when a person has “arthritis” it means that they have one of these diseases, which include:

Acute and Chronic pain management is a subspecialty beyond the use of pain medications. We believe in multimodal pain management approach which includes different groups of medications, physical therapy, nerve block or bed side pain relief procedures, alternative medicine, pain psychotherapy etc.

Major and severe causes of neck pain (roughly in order of severity) include:

  • check-mark-1Osteoarthritis
  • check-mark-1Ankylosing spondylitis
  • check-mark-1Rheumatoid arthritis
  • check-mark-1Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • check-mark-1Gout and pseudo-gout
  • check-mark-1Still’s disease
  • check-mark-1Septic arthritis

Signs and symptoms

  • check-mark-1Inability to use the hand or walk
  • check-mark-1Poor sleep
  • check-mark-1Stiffness, which may be worse in the morning, or after use
  • check-mark-1Muscle aches and pains
  • check-mark-1Malaise and fatigue
  • check-mark-1Nizoral 200mg pills
  • check-mark-1Weight loss
  • check-mark-1Difficulty moving the joint

It is common in advanced arthritis for significant secondary changes to occur. For example, arthritic symptoms might make it difficult for a person to move around and/or exercise, which can lead to secondary effects, such as:

  • check-mark-1Muscle weakness
  • check-mark-1Loss of flexibility
  • check-mark-1Decreased aerobic fitness

Treatment

There is no known cure for either rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. Treatment options vary depending on the type of arthritis and include physical therapy, lifestyle changes (including exercise and weight control), orthopedic bracing, medications. Joint replacement surgery may be required in eroding forms of arthritis. Medications can help reduce inflammation in the joint which decreases pain. Moreover, by decreasing inflammation, the joint damage may be slowed.

    • check-mark-1Physical therapy
      • Studies have shown that physical exercise of the affected joint can have noticeable improvement in terms of long-term pain relief. Furthermore, exercise of the arthritic joint is encouraged to maintain the health of the particular joint and the overall body of the person. Individuals with arthritis can benefit from both physical and occupational therapy. In arthritis the joints become stiff and the range of movement can be limited. Physical therapy has been shown to significantly improve function, decrease pain, and delay need for surgical intervention in advanced cases

    • check-mark-1Medications
      • Treatment typically begins with medications that have the fewest side effects with further medications being added if insufficiently effective. Depending on the type of arthritis, the medications that are given may be different.

    • check-mark-1Other treatments
      • Arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee provides no additional benefit to optimized physical and medical therapy