In short, rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease which attacks joints in the body. It can affect the alignment and positioning of those joints, even to the extent that they become stuck in a bent position or become dislocated. Bone erosion caused by RA may make the ends of bones rough and irregular. Patients may eventually notice that their fingers begin to shift toward the direction of their elbow.
In previous posts, we have discussed different types of surgery used in patients living with rheumatoid arthritis, including synovectomy, tendon repair, and carpal tunnel release . Today’s discussion centers around joint replacement and implants.
What is Joint Replacement?
One would think that this is a simple question, right? Take the joint out and put a fake or replacement one in. But in researching this subject, I found it rather difficult to find information which went much beyond this simple concept without become ...
It’s still amazes me how Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect so
many different aspects of my life. Here
I am, many years after my diagnosis, still learning so much about life with
this disease. Here I am, still trying to
live well with RA.
Tornado Alley, Oklahoma
I live in northeastern Oklahoma, right in the middle of Tornado
Alley and have lived here my whole life. In fact, I often joke that you can always tell a true Oklahoman by the
way we stand outside and watch the clouds in the midst of a severe
thunderstorm. I grew up watching tornados
with my grandpa. We would sit out on his
balcony and watch the clouds. I lived
through many tornados and 28 years of tornado seasons. At 2:30 a.m. I find myself sitting on the same
balcony (I bought my grandpa’s house when he passed). I watch the clouds in the moonlight and watch
the stillness of the trees in the midst of all this rain. I wonder what the weather will bring.
A majority of patients have one question on their minds: Where the "heck" is that pain coming from? A red, painful swollen knee may hurt deep, on the side, in the middle, in the back, or just plain everywhere. A shoulder may hurt with the arm up, down or to the side. Although the question of "where" may seem simple enough, sometimes sorting out the exact location of the pain generator is an inexact science. Within the structure of a joint there exist three general areas of interest: the passive structures, the active structures and the nerves. Dissecting out the source of the pain involves the close examination of each of these areas. Once the location of the pain is found, the hope is that treatment can be directed, focused and effective.
By definition, a joint is where two bones join together to create a hinge joint , a ball-and-socket joint , a saddle joint , or one of the other types of joints found in the human body . Because the bones are not actively doing anything, just pro...
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