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Other Types of Arthritis, inflammatory and auto-immune disorders H-L

Hallux Rigidus Arthritis of the big toe

Hammertoe is a condition in which the toe is bent in a claw-like position. It can be present in more than one toe but is most common in the second toe.

Heel spur is a bony projection on the sole (plantar) region of the heel bone (also known as the calcaneous)

Hemarthrosis - Bleeding in the joints, common in patients with hemophilia

Hemochromatosis - an inherited blood disorder that causes the body to retain excessive amounts of iron

Henoch-Schonlein purpura - an allergic reaction of unknown origin causing red patches on the skin and other symptoms including swelling of the joints

Herniated Disk is a rupture of fibrocartilagenous material (annulus fibrosis) that surrounds the intervertebral disk.

Hip Dysplasia -  condition of abnormal development of the hip, resulting in hip joint instability and potential dislocation of the thigh bone from the socket in the pelvis

HIV-associated rheumatic disease syndromes - a group of inflammatory musculoskeletal complications seen during the course of infection of the virus that causes AIDS.

Hurler syndrome - an inherited disease that belongs to a group of diseases called mucopolysaccharidoses

Hypercortisolism is a condition that results from an excess of cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands

Hypermobile joints - Joints that move beyond their normal range with little effort.

Hypertrophic osteoarthropathy - a disease of the joints and bones.

Infectious arthritis, which is sometimes called septic arthritis or pyogenic arthritis, is a serious infection of the joints characterized by pain, fever, occasional chills, inflammation and swelling in one or more joints, and loss of function in the affected joints

Inflammatory myopathies are a group of muscle diseases involving the inflammation and degeneration of skeletal muscle tissues.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal condition characterized by abdominal pain and cramps;

Joint fluid analysis, also called synovial fluid analysis, or arthrocentesis, is a procedure used to assess joint-related abnormalities, such as in the knee or elbow.

Kawasaki syndrome or Kawasaki disease is a potentially fatal inflammatory disease that affects several organ systems in the body, including the heart, circulatory system, mucous membranes, skin, and immune system

Kinesiology is a series of tests that locate weaknesses in specific muscles reflecting imbalances throughout the body

Kyphosis is the extreme curvature of the upper back also known as a hunchback.

Lordosis is a disorder defined by an excessive inward curve of the spine.

Low back pain is a common musculoskeletal symptom that may be either acute or chronic. It may be caused by a variety of diseases and disorders that affect the lumbar spine

Lyme disease is an infection transmitted by the bite of ticks carrying the spiral-shaped bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi

Lymphatic Filariasis is the result of a parasitic infection caused by three specific kinds of round worms

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Arthritis can develop as a result of an infection. For example, bacteria that cause gonorrhea or Lyme disease can cause arthritis. Infectious arthritis can cause serious damage, but usually clears up completely with antibiotics. Scleroderma is a systemic disease that involves the skin, but may include problems with blood vessels, joints, and internal organs. Fibromyalgia syndrome is soft-tissue rheumatism that doesn't lead to joint deformity, but affects an estimated 5 million Americans, mostly women. The approximate number of cases in the United States of some common forms of arthritis. is an informational out reach of the Consumer Health Information Network. It is our goal to provide up to date information about arthritis and other inflammatory and bone conditions in a easy to understand format.

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