Arthritis, which is a joint-inflammation disorder, affects one or multiple joints, and is usually accompanied by joint pain, soreness, stiffness, cartilage and bone damage, and in some cases a degree of swelling. There are two common types of arthritis; inflammatory arthritis and non-inflammatory arthritis.
Inflammatory arthritis (IA) is a form of arthritis that affects numerous joints at the same time throughout the body. This inflammation of the joints occurs as a result of an overactive immune system, and can affect people of all ages, and is more prevalent in women more than men.
Types of Inflammatory Arthritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Lupus (Lupus arthritis)
- Lyme disease (Lyme arthritis)
Causes of Inflammatory Arthritis
- Fluid build-up in the joints
- Bone erosion
- Irritation of the synovium
- Damage of the joint ligaments
- Fusing of joints on the vertebrae
- Reduced muscle strength
Symptoms of Inflammatory Arthritis
- Pain in the joints
- Swelling of the joints
- Stiffness of the joints
- Swelling and redness of the affected joints
- Warmth of the affected joints
When to See a Doctor for Inflammatory Arthritis
If you are suffering from the above-mentioned symptoms of inflammatory arthritis, then it is recommended that you see a specialist in Rheumatology. This is because an early diagnosis, which leads to early treatment of the condition will limit further joint damage, future discomfort and loss of mobility caused by inflammatory arthritis.
Treatment of Inflammatory Arthritis
Treatment of inflammatory arthritis involves a combination of medications to relieve the present symptoms and prevent further damage to the joints. These medications may include immunosuppressive drugs, corticosteroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
At King’s College Hospital Dubai, we focus on offering an exemplary service, from initial consultation through to final diagnosis and treatment and beyond. Our multidisciplinary team of expert doctors, nurses, physio therapists are here to offer tailored management and treatment of your condition, and to answer any questions that you might have throughout your time with us. Whatever you need us for, we’re only a phone-call away.
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