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 ...
In 2002 the American Heart Association revised its guidelines
for preventing heart disease. They include the following:
Improve Cholesterol. People with at least two risk factors,
and a 10-year risk for heart disease or stroke of more than 20
percent, should aim for LDL ("bad cholesterol") levels of less than
100 mg/dL. Statins are now used in more cases.
Keep Blood Pressure Low. People in normal health should have
a blood pressure reading of 120/80 mm Hg or less. According to new
guidelines, Blood pressure readings of 120/80 are considered
normal, readings of 140/90 or higher indicate hypertension, and
readings in between the two are called pre-hypertension. Patients
with diabetes or chronic kidney disease should maintain blood
pressure readings of 130/80 mm Hg or less, while those without
these complications should have readings be no higher than 140/90
Exercise. Everyone in normal health should engage in at
least moderate physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes on
You’ve developed a strange little numbness and tingling in the fingers of your left hand. It doesn’t really hurt, but it’s just.... odd. Maybe the tingling goes away on its own and you don’t think about it again. Or maybe it sticks around and even starts to slowly grow so that now your forearm is numb, too. Do you call the doctor? For some tingling fingers.... There are many possible causes of numb fingers. Let’s assume that you didn’t just break your fingers; because if you had, you’d be in the emergency room seeking medical attention. The numbness could be caused by (but less frequently) frostbite, leprosy, or rare genetic disorders, such as Haim-Munk syndrome or hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies . Do you have diabetes? Pernicious anemia? Hypothyroidism? Peripheral vascular disease? Lupus? Raynaud’s syndrome? Guillaine-Barre syndrome? Cervi...
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