Conditions We Treat
Joint Pain is a symptom of injury, infection, illnesses (in particular arthritis) or an allergic reaction to medication. The term “arthralgia” should only be used when the condition is non-inflammatory; the term “arthritis” should be used when the condition is inflammatory. The causes of arthralgia are varied, and range from degenerative and destructive processes such as osteoarthritis and sports injuries to inflammation of tissues surrounding the joints, such as bursitis. These, in turn, might be triggered by other things, such as infections or vaccinations.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition that makes the joints in your body become inflamed causing pain and stiffness. It is the second most common form of arthritis. At the moment, there is no cure for RA but, over the years, treatment for RA has advanced significantly giving many people a better outlook.
With the right medication, many people living with RA lead near-to-normal, active lives. Research shows that the sooner treatment for RA begins, the more effective it is likely to be. This is why it’s very important to see your doctor if you are experiencing any early morning stiffness or joint pain.
Some people who live with the skin condition psoriasis also develop a form of arthritis known as psoriatic arthritis. It causes inflammation in and around the joints.
Psoriatic arthritis can affect most joints, but typically causes problems in fingers and toes, with pitting and discoloration of nails. About a third of people with psoriatic arthritis also have spondylitis – a stiff, painful back or neck caused by inflammation in the spine.
Osteoporosis is a health condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years and is often only diagnosed when a fall or sudden impact causes a bone to break (fracture).
The most common injuries in people with osteoporosis are:
* broken wrist
* broken hip
* broken spinal bones (vertebrae)
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome associated with widespread pain and fatigue. There are no outward signs of the condition but fibromyalgia symptoms include severe pain, fatigue and stiffness.
It is labelled a syndrome as fibromyalgia is a collection of signs, symptoms and medical problems that tend to occur together but are not related to a specific, identifiable cause.
Conditions We Treat
Are you at risk of rheumatic illness? Most people aren’t aware of the risk factors that contribute to Lupus, Arthritis, Osteoporosis or other rheumatic diseases.