Joint Diseases And Symptoms


joint diseases

Joint diseases are conditions that affect the joints. It can be a person’s own body or a pet’s body. It is a very common ailment but it can be serious or minor in nature. The symptoms will usually reveal themselves after a while. There are lots of causes for this ailment and sometimes one ailment can lead to another condition. Let’s take a look at some of them.

An overview. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and is the most common cause of osteoarthritis. It is a progressive, chronic, non-inflammatory disorder of the joints and the bones. Arthritic change takes place in the cartilage joints of your knee and also in the bones around the joint. Inflammation of these joints leads to the appearance of small bone spurs and eventually to joint destruction.

Osteoarthritis

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Another cause of osteoarthritis includes pain in the joint. Osteoarthritis is generally defined as the deterioration of a joint due to wear and tear and/or bowing of bones.

Some symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, swelling, stiffness and limited range of motion. Osteoarthritis of your knee may include pain in the joint; swelling, deformity of bone and/or a loss of mobility in the joint.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

This is one of several systemic Lupus erythematosus (SLE) diseases. It is an autoimmune disease of blood cells, which affects the skin, eyes, ears, kidneys and lungs. Signs and symptoms include fever, swelling, bruising, hair loss, deformities, anemia, diarrhea and rash. This is a chronic autoimmune disease.

Systemic Lupus erythematosus can lead to joint pain due to inflammation of synovial fluid and increased production of free radicals. Common signs and symptoms of this condition include fatigue, swelling, redness, itching, and pain. Other conditions that can mimic inflammatory arthritis are osteoarthritis, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation of joints in these cases can lead to permanent joint damage.

An Injury

The most common cause of joint diseases is an injury. Accidents that involve fractures or trauma to a joint often result in injuries that compromise the cartilage in the joint. These injuries can cause either temporary or permanent pain and disability. Temporary pain from an accident is usually felt immediately after the accident takes place and will quickly go away once the swelling in the area goes down. Permanent pain and disability however, will take longer to go away and can last for a number of months or even years.

In addition to an injury, joint diseases can also be caused by infections. An infection is not just painful; it can leave the victim with permanent debilitation. A person who has a severe infection in his hip may not be able to walk without pain or have full use of his limbs. An example of a fungal infection that can affect the articular cartilage of a hip is infection of microscopic capillaries of detergent. When detergent, water, and lint are used on the infected area, the fungus can grow, causing extreme pain and a deformed appearance.

Any Disease Or Disorder

Joint diseases can affect people of all ages and can be caused by any disease or disorder. They can be diagnosed by a physician using a variety of methods including blood tests and clinical examinations. In the treatment for a disease, the doctor will most likely prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, and pain relievers in order to reduce the inflammation and promote healing.

Some of the commonest diseases include osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, influenza, infectious mononucleosis, tendonitis, and synovial bursitis. Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joint which results from wear and tear. It commonly affects the hands and knees. Gout is a condition which results from high uric acid levels in the blood. Osteoarthritis and gout are extremely painful, while bursitis is an inflammation of the sac containing the bursa, a gel-like substance that lubricates the joint.

An Infection In The Joint

Infectious arthritis is a type of joint inflammation, which results from an infection in the joint. This can occur when someone suffers from an infectious disease which releases toxins into the body. Some infectious diseases which can produce this symptom include septic arthritis, HIV, hepatitis B virus, herpes, and a host of bacteria that are known as superbugs.

Synovial bursitis is a minor form of bursitis, which is caused due to a small fluid build up in the joint cavity. This form does not affect the joints themselves but can be quite painful if not treated immediately.

Conclusion

If osteoarthritis is left untreated, it will eventually damage the cartilage and bones in the joint. This will cause the cartilage to erode away, thus reducing its mobility. When the cartilage is damaged due to osteoarthritis, it can no longer absorb the proper amount of calcium and magnesium needed for the smooth functioning of the joint. When this happens, the bones will start to rub against each other, causing severe pain. There are many natural ways of treating joint aches, pains and ailments which will ensure that the problem does not become chronic.

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