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Joint inflammation

The definition of arthritis is joint inflammation. Pain in the joints is no fun. Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect us from infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. Sometimes the body sees trauma and damage to a joint as something to defend against causing inflammation to the joint. Some times the immune system goes hay wire and attacks joints and other parts of the body, these are called auto-immune diseases.

Causes of joint inflammation

  • Trauma to the joint or area surrounding the joint.

  • Wear and tear to the joints and the cartilage over time.

  • Auto immune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.

  • Sacroiliac joint inflammation happens when the joint that connects the spine and the pelvis becomes misaligned. This can be brought on by pregnancy, vigorous sports, being overweight, persistent heavy lifting in a job setting or through excessive weightlifting exercises.

  • Gout is a condition that is caused by the accumulation of crystals made of urate within the joint.

  • Infections within a joint cause inflammation leading to infectious arthritis.

  • Conditions that can cause bleeding within a joint leading to joint inflammation. These conditions include hemophilia, sickle cell disease, and pigmented villonodular synovitis.

Symptoms of joint inflammation

  • Joint pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Reduced ability to move the joint
  • Redness of the skin around a joint
  • Stiffness, especially in the morning
  • Warmth around a joint

Treatment of joint inflammation

The treatment of joint inflammation is based on the cause. Inflammation caused by trauma or wear and tear are most often treated by anti-inflammatories. When the damage to the joint is bad enough surgery may be needed. This can be repair or total replacement.

In cases of infection causing joint inflammation, then treatment of the infection is the course of action.

Auto-immune diseases have many different types of treatment based on the type of auto-immune disease. These treatment range from the use of anti-inflammatories, Cox 2 inhibitors, corticosteroids and immunosuppressant drugs.







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