Mr. James Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon discusses hand and wrist arthritis, signs and symptoms, available treatments and types of surgery available
Rheumatology: The Different Types Of Arthritis
By Greg Marsh
In rheumatology, scientists and doctors work hard to develop new treatments, new facts and even to learn why people suffer from conditions such as arthritis. One thing that they’ve uncovered is that there are a host of different types of arthritis today. If you are suffering from arthritis, chances are you have a specific condition that leads to the type of arthritis that you have. In rheumatology, doctors are working to help cure all forms, but it is important for you, as a patient, to be able to understand what makes your type of arthritis unique in comparison to the others out there.
The most common type of arthritis is that of osteoarthritis. Others include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Reiter’s Syndrome, Gout and Pseudogout. To understand the differences, consider this information about each of these conditions.
– Psoriatic arthritis: If you …
Doctor – I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis And My Eyes Hurt. How Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect The Eyes?
By Nathan Wei
While the most obvious symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis have to do with joint swelling and pain, there are multiple other problems that may occur that an arthritis specialist has to be constantly vigilant for.
For instance, rheumatoid arthritis can cause damage to the lungs and heart and be associated with significant damage to the skin and nerves. Also, it can cause serious problems with the eyes.
There a number of eye conditions that can be associated with rheumatoid arthritis and its treatment. These include:
• Dry eyes. This condition is often a tip-off that Sjogren’s disease, a common autoimmune condition coexists with the rheumatoid arthritis. Generally, patients with rheumatoid arthritis who also have Sjogren’s disease have a more severe course of disease and prognosis.
• Inflammation of the inner part …
I Have Arthritis That Affects A Lot Of My Joints – Could It Be Rheumatoid Arthritis And How Will The Doctor Know?
By Nathan Wei
There are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis. Most of them involve inflammation. When a patient goes to a rheumatologist to get a diagnosis, there is a process of elimination in order to arrive at the proper diagnosis. This process of elimination is called “differential diagnosis.”
Differential diagnosis can be a difficult undertaking because so many forms of arthritis, particularly inflammatory forms of arthritis look alike. The following is a list of types of inflammatory arthritis that can be seen and must be considered when evaluating a patient with inflammatory symptoms of arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
RA is an chronic, autoimmune, inflammatory disease, that may affect any joint in the body but preferentially attacks the peripheral joints (fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, …
March 12, 2012 by Dr. Kevin Shrock from Fort Lauderdale Orthopedic Surgeons in Florida
Living with arthritis pain can be challenging, and often arthritis sufferers avoid exercise and other physical activities to minimize joint irritation. While this reaction is certainly understandable, the belief that exercise worsens joint pain is a myth. A gentle, low-impact exercise regimen has been proven to lessen arthritis pain in patients of all ages, in addition to reversing weight gain and lowering risk of heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure. Here are a few low-impact exercises we recommend for arthritis patients.
• Swimming & water aerobics. Water’s buoyancy supports your weight and greatly reduces jarring impact on joints, making swimming and other water sports a great choice for arthritis sufferers. The aerobic exercise of swimming also strengthens muscles and reduces stiffness.
• Cycling. A bicycle supports a rider’s body …
Anxiety more common than depression among people with arthritis
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that one-third of U.S. adults with arthritis, 45 years and older, report having anxiety or depression. According to findings that appear today in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), anxiety is nearly twice as common as depression among people with arthritis, despite more clinical focus on the latter mental health condition.
In the U.S. 27 million individuals, 25 years of age and older, have doctor diagnosed osteoarthritis (OA) and 1.3 adults have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) according to prevalence data from the ACR. The CDC estimates that all forms of arthritis affect 50 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability nationwide. Previous studies have reported depression is common among those with chronic illnesses such as arthritis. …
The common practice of administering vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of osteoporosis among adults may be unnecessary, according to data reported in The Lancet.
…”The negative findings of our analysis contrast with the widely held perception that vitamin D works directly on bone cells to promote mineralization,” Ian R. Reid, MD, of the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and colleagues wrote…
…In an accompanying editorial, Clifford J. Rosen, MD, director of clinical and translational research and a senior scientist at Maine Medical Center’s Research Institute, wrote that Reid and colleagues’ analysis is consistent with the current understanding of vitamin D; that its supplementation is not needed to prevent osteoporosis.
“However, maintenance of vitamin D stores in the elderly combined with sufficient dietary calcium intake (800 mg to 1,200 mg per day) remains an effective approach for prevention of hip fractures,” …