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 ...
People suffering with panic disorder have a relatively poor quality of life. They restrict activities that induce stress and anxiety because the symptoms associated with panic disorder are debilitating, embarrassing and they erode self confidence. People who suffer with panic disorders suffer a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. A panic event may be associated with difficulties in breathing, dizziness, increased heart rate, palpitations, nausea and fear.
There has been an increase in the number of disorders such as panic disorder. The causes may be varied but seem to include our 24 society, increased expectations, the pace of life generally and the digital age in which we live. Whilst the digital age may be partly to blame it may also provide some part of the solution to the problem in the form of online treatments.
Online therapy in the form of counseling and chat has been around for some time and appears, from what evidence is available, to be reasonably successful. Re...
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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