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Joint Pain it 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.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common of all types of arthritis. It usually develops osteoarthritis gradually, over several years, and affects a number of different joints. The cause is unknown, but it does appear more in females than males and often starts after the menopause.
For some people the symptoms of osteoarthritis are so subtle and develop over such a long time that they are hardly noticed. For others, problems may worsen over a number of months or years. When the overall disease process finishes, joints may look knobbly, but are usually less painful. In some cases they become pain free and, despite their appearance, still enable you to carry out most everyday tasks
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.