There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common causes of chronic disabling arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and each has its own chapter in this report. In this chapter, we look at other common types of arthritis: gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis
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There are more than 100 types of arthritis, so when it comes to diagnosis the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. The second challenge is to evaluate the extent of tissue involvement and level of disease. For example, is there an acute and self-limiting inflammation of
If you suffer from arthritis (a group of diseases characterized by inflammation of a joint or joints) you are in good company—over 54 million Americans have arthritis. You may be reading this report because you want to learn more about your condition and how best to manage it, or
Q: A friend of mine was recently told that she has septic arthritis. Can you tell me more about this condition?
A: Septic arthritis develops from an infection in the body that travels to a joint through the bloodstream. One common culprit is the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, which is present even
You had a fall and suffered the tell-tale scrape on your knee. Within a week, it’s filled in with green pus. Don’t worry, there’s no alien at play here. Pus is a sign that your body’s defense system has kicked in. All you need to do is figure out what
Our ankles are complex structures composed of four bones, the tibia and fibula (bones of the lower leg), the calcaneus (heel bone), and the talus (a small bone between the tibia, fibula and calcaneus), along with multiple tendons and ligaments.
Cushioning between the bones in the ankle is provided by
Bacteria are one-cell organisms that are everywhere. Literally. Most bacteria are harmless, and many are beneficial. We need “good” bacteria to digest our food and help arm our immune system. And “good” bacteria destroy “bad” bacteria that may ultimately cause a bacterial infection.
A bacterial infection can be serious, especially if
A “staph infection” (pronounced “staff” infection) is caused by Staphylococcus bacteria. You can recognize a staph infection by its red, swollen look. It looks like an abscessed insect bite, with a red rash. A staph infection is painful, and it’s often present in seemingly simple skin eruptions. Boils and cellulitis
It isn’t just wear and tear on a joint and/or an autoimmune condition that can cause arthritis. A subtype called septic arthritis can develop if bacteria enters the body and travels through the bloodstream to a joint.
Septic arthritis tends to occur most often in the knee joint; it’s also
urgery may be considered in arthritis treatment when medication is no longer enough to manage symptoms. The decision to head down the surgical route is a balancing act. The patient must consider his or her current symptoms and level of disability and weigh them against the potential benefits, risks, and