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Description of Arthritis

DefinitionAccording to dictionary definition  Arthritis is a disease that causes painful inflammation and stiffness in the joints. The common consequence of arthritis include, pain and swelling in your joints. Over time, a swollen joint can become severely damaged. Some kinds of arthritis can also cause problems in your organs, such as your eyes or skin.

Common types of arthritis include:1. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It is often related to aging or to an injury.2. Autoimmune arthritis happens when your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of this kind of arthritis.3. Juvenile arthritis is a type of arthritis that happens in children.4. Infectious arthritis is an infection that has spread from another part of the body to the joint.5. Psoriatic arthritis affects people with psoriasis.  Signs and SymptomsAccording to dictionary definition  Common symptoms include:1. Pain2. Swelling3. Redness4. Stiffness5. Decreased range of motion    Causes and Risk Factors  According to dictionary definition  Common risk factors are:1. Family history2. Age3. Gender4. Previous joint injury5. Obesity  Complications and When Should You See a DoctorAccording to dictionary definition  Severe arthritis mainly affects the patient €™s hands and arms. However, in severe cases the joints may become twisted and deformed and cause trouble in standing straight.  InvestigationsAccording to dictionary definition  1. Your doctor may physically examine you and check for swelling on your joints.2. You may be asked to get laboratory tests done which may include:a) Blood testsb) Urine testc) Joint fluid test  3. You may be asked to get imaging tests done which include:a) X-raysb) CT scanc) MRI scand) Ultrasound  TreatmentAccording to dictionary definition  You may be recommended to take medications which include:1. Analgesics (to relieve pain)2. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)3. Counterirritants4. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)  NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases



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