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What is rheumatism?

What is rheumatism?

Outdated term: We no longer use the term rheumatism as it previously referred to multiple conditions that affected joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and even nerves. In some cases, it meant rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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What is arthritis?

What is arthritis?

Inflammation: Arthritis is inflammation within a joint. The most common type is osteoarthritis which is a wear and tear arthritis. Another is rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune problem where the body attacks its own tissues. The common syptoms of arthritis is pain, swelling and stiffness in the affected joint. ...Read more

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What is arthritis?

What is arthritis?

Cartilage damage: Arthritis is a progressive damage to the cartilage in your joints. It can be cause by several things including wear and tear, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis among others. When the cartilage is damaged, there is increasing pressure on the bone that leads to bone spurs. There is also an increase in the chemicals that trigger inflammation, which causes pain. ...Read more

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What is monoarthritis?

What is monoarthritis?

1 joint inflamed: A single joint is inflamed. If severe, the first and most serious concern is a bacterial infection. Gout generally presents initially as a monoarthritis. ...Read more

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What is arthralgia?

What is arthralgia?

See below: Technically arthralgia is pain in the joints and arthritis is inflammation in the joints however, the terms are often used interchangeably. Not all pain in joints is arthritic though. For instance, joint pain can occur from viruses or even conditions like low thyroid (hypothyroid). ...Read more

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What is spondilitis?

What is spondilitis?

Spinal inflammation: Spondylitis is a generic term for spine infl;ammation. It tends to be inherited. Major forms of spondylitis can be associated with specific genes, primarily b27, but also b40. Psoriatic arthritis can also cause spondylitis. Sacroiliitis is usually the first manifestation of "spondylitis.". ...Read more

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What exactly is gout?

What exactly is gout?

A type of arthritis: Caused from uric acid crystals accumulating in a joint. Any condition that causes high amounts of uric acid to circulate in blood stream may cause this. The body is either producing too much or not excreting through kidneys fast enough. An attack is usually very painful and can cause redness and swelling at the affected joint. Certain foods and medications can precipitate an attack. ...Read more

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What is pmr?

What is pmr?

See below: An inflammatory, auto-immune disease presenting in people over 50 with bilateral shoulder/neck pain and sometimes, hip pain. ...Read more

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What is osteoarthritis?

What is osteoarthritis?

Degeneration: in the joints of your body due to wear and tear, injury or even previous surgery in the area. ...Read more

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What is osteoarthritis?

What is osteoarthritis?

Wear and tear : It is what we call a wear and tear arthritis. We all get some form of osteoarthritis where joints get worn down with time. ...Read more

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What is spondylolysis? How serious is this?

What is  spondylolysis? How serious is this?

A small crack: In a spine called th parsinterarticularis it a bridge of bone from th two joint to the support structure in th front with extension activities this can fail inlow energy they can range from causing no symptoms means no limits to nagging low back ache many people live a normal active life with them can be associated with spondylithesis spinal slip if aslip is present neural impingement and sciatica. ...Read more

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What exactly is rheumatology?

What exactly is rheumatology?

Rheumatic Disease : The study of rheumatic diseases which include arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, soft tissue diseases, immunologic diseases, osteoporosis, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, connective tissue diseases to name a few. There are over 100-150 rheumatic diseases. ...Read more

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What is pseudo-gout?

What is pseudo-gout?

Pseudogout: Its an inflammatory arthritis caused by deposit of calcium into your joint. Typically affects the large joints but can affect your ankle as well as joint in your foot. ...Read more

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What is reiters?

What is  reiters?

Reactive arthritis: Reiter's arthritis or arthropathy is a form of inflammatory arthritis that will affect the hands, feet, si joints, and other joints. It can be part of reiter's syndrome which includes conjunctivitis or uveitis and urerthritis. It usually occurs in the 20-40 year old range and in men. Note that the name reiter's arthritis is losing favor to the now accepted term "reactive arthritis". ...Read more

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What is spondulosis?

What is spondulosis?

Arthritis: Spondylosis refers to arthritis, or degenerative changes in the joints of spine, which connect the individual spine bones (vertebra) to one another. ...Read more

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What is costocrondritis?

What is costocrondritis?

Rib/Sternal pain: Costochondritis is chest wall pain, usually along the junction where the sternum and ribs meet. It is by definition benign, and often temporary. The cause is often unknown, but it manifests as inflammation of the costal cartilage. Treatment is rest and analgesics, but persistent pain may require more agressive meassures. Other causes of chest pain should be ruled out. ...Read more

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What is fybromialgia?

What is fybromialgia?

Multifactorial: FM "umbrella label" for several disorders, each defined by unique & distinct set of identifiable causal factors. Disorders with this label share similar symptom constellation. Unifying symptoms are chronic widespread pain, non-restorative sleep, depression & cognitive disarray. Causal factors include femaleness, childbirth, joint hypermobility, obesity, biomechanical injury & prolonged inactivity. ...Read more

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What is gout??

What is gout??

Uric acid in a joint: Gout is a chronic disease caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joints. This deposition causes acute episodes of joint swelling, redness, and pain, which can last for several days before it resolves on its own. Gout usually affects the great toe, but if left untreated, can affect other joints in the body. ...Read more

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What is polyarthritis?

What is polyarthritis?

5 or more joints : Poly = many. Polyarthritis is any type of arthritis which involves 5 or more joints simultaneously. Usually is a rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune condition. ...Read more