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Is It Possible For Children To Get Arthritis From Cracking Their Joints
Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more
Are people who are double jointed more likely to get arthritis than those who are not double jointed?
See below: To set things straight there is no such thing as being "double jointed". This usually refers to people who are very flexible. These people can stretch the ligaments which support the joints and develop osteoarthritis but there is no connection between loose joints and rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks its own joints. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Joint Hypermobility: Dear Antri, I think what you are referring to with the term "double joints" is hypermobility, or hyperflexibility. Hypermobility means that you can move some or all of your joints more than most people can - Joint injury is more common in shoulders and knees and can lead to early or premature arthritis. But keeping strong with sensible exercise is to be encouraged. All the best! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, but...: The definition of juvenile arthritis is inflammation(often seen as swelling)in a joint for 6 weeks that is not due to infection or injury. Inflammation in a joint does not always show visible signs of swelling on physical exam (need an MRI with contrast to see inside of joint). Some types of juvenile arthritis involve inflammation in attachments of tendons & ligaments to bone-also not visible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have started to get intermitant pain in a hip joint at 53; is it athritis; what natural remedies are there?
Mutiple causes: Joint inflammation(arthritis) is one cause of painful and stiff joints, but not the only cause. Without other clinical information it would be difficult to give a more specific answer. If these symptoms have been present for more than 6 to 8 weeks you should probably be evaluated by your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause.: Joint pains is so complex, that there is a specialty of internal medicine devoted to it: rheumatology. When i spent a year at johns hopkins hospitals during training, i didn't realize i would be studying well over a hundred diseases entities. Joint pains that go on for months, esp. When they are inflammed (hot, red, swollen, painful), then c ur pcp. Joint aches (arthralgia)--try an otc first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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