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 ...
Introducing Dr. Daniel O'Neill, M.D., Ed.D, F.A.A.O.S.
As my first column for HeathCentral.com , let me explain the unusual letters after my name (M.D., Ed.D, F.A.A.O.S.). After practicing Orthopedic Surgery for ten years, I felt I was still missing something with a number of patients. Although lip service is often given to the mind / body connection, I did not think I was doing enough to both understand this nexus and take advantage of its possible rehab and fitness benefits. Toward that end, I went back to school and received a Doctorate in Sport Psychology. While this might not make your knee arthritis feel better in the short term, in this column I hope to explore the entire range of options to keep you happy and relatively pain free while dealing with your aging body.
Similar to most medical issues, arthritis, or "degenerative joint disease," encompasses a wide range of symptoms and pathologies. This condition can range from swelling and disfigurement of your finger ...
Stiffness in a joint; Pain - joints; Arthralgia
Follow prescribed therapy in treating the underlying cause.
For nonarthritis joint pain, both rest and exercise are important. Warm baths, massage, and stretching exercises should be used as frequently as possible.
Anti-inflammatory medications may help relieve pain and swelling. Consult your health care provider before giving aspirin or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen to children.
Call your health care provider if
Contact your health care provider if:
You have fever that is not associated with flu symptoms
You have lost 10 pounds or more without trying (unintended weight loss)
Your joint pain lasts for more than 3 days
You have severe, unexplained joint pain, particularly if you have other unexplained symptoms
What to expect at your health care provider's office
Your health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask you about your medica...
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