Arthritis

Friday, 13 July 2007

Arthritis—a term that means joint inflammation—is the leading cause of disability, affecting large number of people. If you or a loved one is suffering with arthritis, chances are that it is one of the two most common forms— osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. These forms of arthritis are part of a group of more than 100 diseases, called rheumatic disorders.

Arthritis, regardless of the cause, typically makes your joints painful, stiff, and swollen. If your joints are painful, stiff, or swollen, send us an email to enroll for our Arthritis Treatment Plan. Over 100 different disorders can be classified as arthritis. Some can affect one or more parts of a joint whereas others have their most significant effects on other parts of the body.  

Listed here are some of the most common arthritic conditions:

Ankylosing spondylitis

Bursitis

Fibromyalgia

Gout

Infectious arthritis

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis

Reactive arthritis

Scleroderma Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

Tendinitis (tendonitis)

Ankylosing spondylitis This condition primarily affects the spine, but it may also cause arthritis in the hips, shoulders, and knees. The tendons and ligaments around the bones and joints in the spine become inflamed. Symptoms include pain and stiffness, especially in the lower back. Ankylosing spondylitis tends to develop during late adolescence or early adulthood. The Spondylitis Association of America is a good source for more information on this condition. Bursitis

Bursitis involves inflammation of the bursae, which are small, fluid-filled sacs that help reduce friction between bones and other moving structures in joints. The inflammation may result from arthritis in the joint, or from injury or infection of the bursae. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and limited movement of the involved joint.

Fibromyalgia This chronic syndrome is associated with pain and stiffness throughout the tissues that support and move the bones and joints. Pain and localized tender points occur in the muscles and tendons, particularly those of the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips. Other common symptoms include widespread pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Learn more about fibromyalgia from the Fibromyalgia Network.

Gout Gout results from deposits of needle-like crystals of uric acid in the connective tissue near joints and/or in the joint space. Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, and pain in the affected joint, often the big toe.

Infectious arthritis In some cases, arthritis can develop as part of a bacterial or viral infection. If a bacterial infection is involved, early diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics may relieve the arthritis symptoms and cure the disease.

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis Juvenile arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in one or more joints and begins before the age of 16. It is the most common form of arthritis in children. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of function in the joints. The arthritis may be associated with rashes or fevers, and it may affect other parts of the body.

Psoriatic Arthritis This condition occurs in some patients with psoriasis, a common scaling skin disorder. Psoriatic arthritis often affects the joints at the ends of the fingers and causes changes in the fingernails and toenails.

Reactive arthritis Reactive arthritis can develop after an infection of the lower urinary tract, intestines, or other organs. It is commonly associated with eye problems, skin rashes, and mouth sores.

Scleroderma Also known as systemic sclerosis, scleroderma means hard skin. It refers to several diseases that almost always affect the skin, blood vessels, and joints. A more serious form also affects internal organs such as the lungs and kidneys. In scleroderma patients, there is an excessive production of collagen (a fiber-like protein) in the involved areas of skin or internal organs. For more information, visit the Scleroderma Foundation Web site.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) Also known as lupus, SLE is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system harms the cells of the body and tissues. This can result in inflammation and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, or brain. Visit the Lupus Foundation of America Web site to learn more.

Tendinitis (tendonitis) This condition refers to inflammation of tendons (tough cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone) caused by overuse, injury, or arthritis-producing conditions. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and restricted movement of nearby joint

Comments

Why so many pyramids
written by Kumar , December 26, 2007

U used 10,000 pyramids in your place. It costs a lot to have so many. Even Rs. 15 per would mean Rs. 15,00,000.

How expensive is it for a flat of 2,000 sq.ft

Response from Premal Betai: You may require to contribute anywhere between Rs.2000 to Rs.5000 for a flat of 2000 square feet.

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