Arthritis

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    Arthritis can affect the body in many ways. It strikes your joints, the space between bones, which are held together by muscles, ligaments and tendons. A smooth substance called cartilage coats your joints and helps them gliding easily over each other. It protects the bone from grinding down. If you have a type of arthritis called osteoarthritis, the cartilage grows damaged. 

    Arthritis most often affects:
    • joints that support weight, like your hips, knees and spine
    • joints that are frequently used throughout the day, such as your fingers, arms and feet
    Arthritis causes long-term inflammation of your joints. Over time, this causes further damage to your cartilage and causing bones to press on each other directly. Considering that each bone has many nerves on its surface, bones rubbing together can lead to excruciating levels of pain.

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    Cosmetic concerns: Arthritis may cause small bumps, called nodules, to form on bones. These bumps can occur on any joint, but they are most common in the hands. These nodules may be disfiguring.

    Depression: Some arthritis patients may suffer from depression. This may happen if the arthritis interferes significantly with the patient's lifestyle. Patients should consult their healthcare providers if they experience feelings of sadness, low self-esteem, loss of pleasure, apathy, and sometimes, difficulty functioning for two weeks or longer, with no known underlying cause. These may be signs of depression.

    Joint damage: In some cases, arthritis can lead to severe joint damage. In such cases, surgery, such as a joint replacement, may be necessary. Patients should regularly visit their healthcare providers to monitor their conditions.

    Limited mobility: Patients with arthritis may have limited mobility in their joints. Joint mobility decreases as the joint becomes more damaged. Patients with periarthritis of the shoulder, also called frozen shoulder, may be completely unable to move their joint without aggressive treatment. If arthritis is not properly managed with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, arthritis may interfere with a patient's daily life.

    Pain: Arthritis may cause severe pain. Patients should stay in close contact with their healthcare providers to ensure that their medications are properly managing the pain. In some cases, the medication or dosage may need to be changed.

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    For many individuals, arthritis is a chronic disease that can certainly impact quality of life. It may contribute to feelings of depression. If you are feeling depressed, see your family physician and let him or her know.
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    Leaky Gut Syndrome can be caused by the treatment for another disease. In rheumatoid arthritis, for example, the drugs used to relieve pain and inflammation can damage the intestinal lining, leading to Leaky Gut Syndrome within two weeks. Leaky Gut Syndrome, in turn, is associated with aggravation of arthritis.
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    There are a lot of treatment options for people with hip arthritis that don't involve surgery. I always like to begin with physical therapy to increase range of motion and function across the hip. If we can keep the muscles strong, we can reduce a lot of the stress across the joint. We also use anti-inflammatories to reduce hip pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. 

    Another option for people who have arthritis in the hip is to have an intra-articular injection. We do that under a live x-ray. We insert the needle into the hip joint and inject a little dye to make sure we're in the joint. We then inject a steroid with some local anesthetic to give the person relief from their hip pain and inflammation. 

    There are also very important things to do to prevent arthritis within the hip before it develops. Eating healthy is very important for joint nutrition, as well as for weight loss. Weight loss is crucial, because two to three times the body weight is transferred across the hip joint with each step. And that goes up exponentially with high-impact exercises like running. Weight loss of five pounds results in 15 pounds of reduced stress across the hip joint.
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    Answer these questions and then take them with you to your next appointment for your knee osteoarthritis. Understanding exactly how you're feeling is the best way for your doctor to determine the right course of treatment for you.

    1. How much knee pain do you currently experience with the following activities?

    If your pain varies, use circles to indicate the pain on good days and squares for the pain on bad days.

    1 = No pain  5 = Lots of pain

    • Walking 1 2 3 4 5
    • Going up or down stairs 1 2 3 4 5
    • At night while in bed 1 2 3 4 5
    • Sitting or lying down 1 2 3 4 5
    • Standing 1 2 3 4 5
    • Driving 1 2 3 4 5

    2. Describe your knee pain during the past month.

    Overall, is the pain better or worse? How many bad days did you have? What activities have become difficult to do because of your knee pain?

    3. List other questions for your doctor, in order of importance.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and a leading cause of disability.  It is estimated that almost 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis.  Osteoarthritis cannot be cured but it can be treated
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    "Bone-on-bone" arthritis means that the cartilage that normally separates two bones within a joint has completely worn away. This causes the two bones to rub directly against each other when the joint moves. The effect is unpredictable. For some people, this will be very painful. For others, it will not hurt so much.
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    Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that normally provides a cushion between the bones in the joints wears away, causing pain, stiffness and reduced movement. Osteoarthritis most often occurs in the knees, hips, spine and hands.

    Osteoarthritis can also damage ligaments and muscles. The pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis can make it difficult to do daily activities including work, play sports or even get around with ease.
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    In secondary arthritis, something identifiable triggers the degradation of the cartilage. In other words, the arthritis follows the injury. This type of arthritis is seen in people who have suffered a severe trauma or repetitive microtrauma to a joint. They may be obese or overexert themselves (such as running a marathon without proper training). They may have abnormal body biomechanics, a term that refers to how the skeletal structures, including the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints, function together -- meaning how they move through space under the influence of gravity.

    People with a history of severe joint trauma, such as a broken bone or a torn knee ligament, may have suffered cartilage damage at the time of injury. This damage initiates a process of degeneration that can cause further cartilage damage and erosion. People who suffer repetitive microtrauma, such as a runner who wears improper footwear, may experience continual microtrauma to the joint cartilage.