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 ...
ANSWER TO QUESTION REGARDING "OVERLAPPING ARTHRITIS"
From a reader: "I have
an overlapping arthritis, based on my last x-rays, I have deterioration in all
of the fingers on my left hand, as well as my knuckles and wrists on both
hands. I also have deterioration in 3 fingers on my right hand. ...
I would like to know
if you could advise me of any arthritis drugs that could maybe slow down the
Answer: Deterioration could mean several things - including joint deformities or joint erosions.
An even more important question deals with whether you have
active joint disease that would respond to even more aggressive therapy. Perhaps the damage is done, so to speak. If that is the case, no drug is going to
reverse the deformities that have developed as a result of the unchecked
inflammation of progressive rheumatoid arthritis.
You mention swelling, but you have no morning
stiffness. Usually, patients with active
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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