Arthritis


  • Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints.
  • Arthritis sufferers include men and women, children and adults.
  • Earlier and accurate diagnosis can help to prevent irreversible damage and disability.
  • A rheumatologist is a doctor who treat arthritis patients.
  • Arthritis is a joint disorder featuring inflammation. A joint is an area of the body where two different bones meet.
  • A joint functions to move the body parts connected by its bones.
  • In Patients of Arthritis inflammation one or more joints are occur.

Types of Arthritis:

There are more than 100 types of arthritis.

  • The types of arthritis ranges from Wear and tear of cartilage such as osteoarthritis to those associated with inflammation resulting from overactive immune system such as rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The two main types of arthritis — osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 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.

Symptoms:

Symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited function of joints.

  • Inflammation of the joints from arthritis is differentiated by joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can be present.
  • Since there are different forms of arthritis, also they are rheumatic diseases, they can cause symptoms affecting various organs of the body that do not directly involve the joints.
  • So, symptoms in some patients with certain forms of arthritis can also include fever, gland swelling weight loss, fatigue, feeling unwell.
  • In some cases symptoms from abnormalities of organs such as the lungs, heart, or kidneys.

Treatments & Precautions:

  • Early detection of Arthritis improves the chances of curing.
  • Proper rest
  • Use Pain relievers
  • Physiotherapy techniques
  • Use of Anti inflammatory medications

Arthritis treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and improving joint function. You may need to try several different treatments, or combinations of treatments, before you determine what works best for you.

Medications

The medications used to treat arthritis vary depending on the type of arthritis. Commonly used arthritis medications include:

  • Analgesics:

    These medications help reduce pain, but have no effect on inflammation. Examples acetaminophen, tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet, others) and narcotics containing oxycodone or hydrocodone.

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs :

    NSAIDs reduce both pain and inflammation. Over-the-counter NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve). Some types of NSAIDs are available only by prescription. Oral NSAIDs can cause stomach irritation, and some may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. Some NSAIDs are also available as creams or gels, which can be rubbed on joints.

  • Counterirritants:

    Some varieties of creams and ointments contain menthol or capsaicin, the ingredient that makes hot peppers spicy. Rubbing these preparations on the skin over your aching joint may interfere with the transmission of pain signals from the joint itself.

  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs:

    Often used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, DMARDs slow or stop your immune system from attacking your joints. Examples include methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine.

  • Biologic response modifiers:

    Typically used in conjunction with DMARDs, biologic response modifiers are genetically engineered drugs that target various protein molecules that are involved in the immune response. Examples include etanercept (Enbrel) and infliximab (Remicade).

  • Corticosteroids:

    This class of drug, which includes prednisone and cortisone, reduces inflammation and suppresses the immune system. Corticosteroids can be taken orally or be injected directly into the painful joint.

Therapy

Physical therapy can be helpful for some types of arthritis. Exercises can improve range of motion and strengthen the muscles surrounding joints. In some cases, splints or braces may be warranted.

Surgery

If conservative measures don’t help, your doctor may suggest surgery, such as:

  • 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 medicine

Many people use alternative remedies for arthritis, but there is little reliable evidence to support the use of many of these products. The most promising alternative remedies for arthritis include:

  • 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:

    The slow, stretching movements associated with yoga 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.

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