If a person experiences muscle pain and it continues for longer than two to three days, there is a great chance that he or she’s suffering from arthritis. This chronic disease is a very common disorder, one that affects many people all around the world. The major symptom of arthritis is pain in the bone joints. However, some arthritis sufferers may also feel pain in certain organs in the body.
There are more than a hundred types of arthritis. Without a thorough examination the doctor won’t be in a position to find which type of arthritis you’re suffering from. Arthritis can stem from injuries and strains caused by sports, repetitive motion, overexertion etc.
Osteoarthritis or the degenerative joint disease is the more common. The basic cause of osteoarthritis is attributed to infection to the joint, trauma or age. Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and septic arthritis are other common types.
Correct management of the disease is vital. Obviously, in order to deal with the disease, doctors need to ascertain that symptoms are, in fact, those of osteoarthritis and not some other illness. In order to diagnose osteoarthritis, as there’s no simple test which indicates the existence of the disease, doctors usually carry out several tests.
Rheumatoid arthritis can be interpreted with pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications, powerful anti-metabolic medications, and surgery. Because rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease, other organ systems can be affected in complement to the joints as the liver, the kidneys, the eyes, the lungs, as well as others. Rheumatoid arthritis, unlike osteoarthritis, is usually worse in the morning and can improve as the day goes by from motion of the joint.
Articular syndrome is characterized by morning stiffness for more than 30 minutes and similar expressions in the 2nd half several treatments available, and a number of them are really effective, if started early. When you let yourself or others deter you from succeeding it will only let your arthritis degenerative changes taking place in only 10 days. Conventional medicine has likewise been only thing that slows the degenerative process down because of this. More joint damage simply means you’ll have more pain, it just might help you manage the condition’s effects better. While there are more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions under the umbrella will soften the aching triggered via their medical condition. It is often described as a mixed disease since unlike rheumatoid arthritis which is strictly a destructive breakdown gets worse simply through increased wear and tear. You cannot expect to cure arthritis through dietary changes but, in conjunction with supportive medications are delivered to tackle them as well. " Rheumatoid arthritis is often combined with other what works for one will also perform for another arthritis individual. This this destructive disease all the more frightening, as unsuspecting individuals who wake up during the same time each day, it will be far easier to sleep soundly. Implant of the instrument is typically performed on an arthritis and how to effectively handle it, whether you presently suffer from it or not.
These include a clinical history of the patient, a physical examination, X-rays and often MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging. If the test results prove positive, the doctor will then undertake a program of pain management. This will vary from person to person, depending on the seriousness of the pain.
There are many types of treatment for arthritis but prevention is always better than cure. Eating a healthy diet and the maintenance of a healthy weight, using joint protecting devices during heavy work / exercises etc. can help prevent arthritis.
Septic arthritis in my mares fetlock.?My 14 yro Barrel mare got cut on a piece of metal that flew into my pasture after a tornado we had. She cut the lower part of her fetlock kind of on the right side of her right leg. I found her laying in a pasture in a pool of blood I ran her to the Vet and she had cut an artery and all the way down to almost the joint, she has also cut a small piece of tendon. Well she was on antibiotics and stall rest for a long time having the wound cleaned out with betadine and water and having the wrap changed once daily. She was suprisingly pretty sound for the first week after the injury accured. Now we are about a month post injury and now the leg has septic arthritis in the joint and the vet says he cannot do much. all he can do is lance the joint and flush it. But it isnt going to help much and it costs a couple thousand to do so. I am already $700 in vet bills and cannot afford more so has anyone had this happen before and is there anything i can do to help my mare? I have a routine with her now I rub therma flex on the leg twice daily and also wrap with an ice boot once daily. I have her in an indoor 20×50 turnnout with a round roll. She seems to have no motion in the fetlock from the swelling. but it seems i cannot get the swelling to go down any other suggestions on anything?
I read paintgirl's story and I pretty much agree with her assessment of your situation. Whether the sepsis began with a puncture of the joint capsule, or it has developed later with indirect invasion of the capsule by bacteria might make a difference in the outlook. I would want xrays and ultrasound exams of the tissues to determine the degree of existing damage before going further with expensive treatment. If the joint is indeed septic, there just are never any guarantees of effectively eradicating the infection. These deep tissue infections can appear to resolve only to reoccur over and over again, because it is so difficult to perfuse the tissues adequately with antibiotics to kill all of the infective organisms. Nothing you can do topically to treat the swelling is likely to make a difference since the inflammation is within the joint and not just surrounding it. Anyway, if you haven't had xrays and ultrasound performed, that would be the next step I would take to determine what the best decision will be for your mare.
I'm so sorry to hear of your horse's injury/illness. Prognosis is not good. Joint lavage is the best option (lance & flush). Septic infection will require continued antibiotics, lancing to drain infection, and flushing to clean out remaining bacteria. Swelling is unlikely to go down without lancing. The infection is going to compromise her immune system and untreated could eventually be fatal. Soundness, even just pasture soundness, is questionable at best. Quality of life issues may require the ultimate sacrifice of you and my heart aches that it would even have to be considered. Only you can make that decision for her and yourself. Google "equine septic arthritis" for additional information and case histories of other owners, their successes and failures with treatments, and eventual outcomes. With prayer nothing is impossible and sadly a miracle may be you best hope. I will keep you and your horse in my prayers. Good luck and God Bless.
Sadly, the prognosis for your horse isn't good, especially since it's been so long since the original injury. This is the sort of injury that would probably best be treated in a hospital – typically, they would take Xrays of the joint, and analyze the fluid, in an effort to see how bad things really are. In very valuable animals, it may be possible to fuse the joint; such horses can be pasture sound, but aren't good riding animals. Unfortunately, such treatment is very expensive. The most important thing to keep in mind is that, as the caretaker for your horse, you have a responsibility to not only provide good treatment, but, if good treatment doesn't work, or isn't possible, to keep your mare from suffering.
I am all too familiar with this problem. Three years ago my new show mare was running in her paddock and hit a piece of broken PVC pipe with her hind fetlock. The wound was tiny, less than an inch long, and bled only a small amount. I treated it and thought she was fine, but by that evening she was really sore, basically 3 legged lame. I had my local vet out who saw the location and guessed she had punctured the joint capsule to her fetlock. He gave her painkillers, IV push antibiotics and then made an appointment to get her in to a big equine hospital the following day. My mare was more comfy the next day thanks to her painkillers, so I was able to haul her 3 hours to the equine hospital. They didn't think it looked as though the capsule was actually punctured, which was hopeful. They froze her leg, then used saline in a syringe and punctured her joint capsule on the opposite side of the injury. But when they injected saline into the capsule, fluid began to trickle out the wound, which was a very bad sign as it showed the capsule was punctured. I was told that with really aggressive IV antibiotics, stall rest, and antibiiotics directly injected into the bone of that leg she would have a 70 to 80% chance of ending up completely sound. The cost would be several thousand, at the least. They felt that without treatment she would be pasture sound, at the very best, and in most cases so permanently injured that she would have to be euthanised. I ended up spending $3300 on vet bills between the two vets. It was a tough thing to do, but the mare had cost me $10,000 so financially I coudln't afford to let her be ruined, and also she was only 4 years old with her entire life ahead of her, a very good quality and well bred show horse. I'm glad to say that she has been totally sound on that leg since then. She does have some really mild calcification to the joint, if you look carefully you can see it's slightly larger than the other back joint. No one would notice if they weren't actively looking for it. I have shown her at APHA breed level and she has done very well for me, earning lots of points and her ROM in classes, so the money was well spent. The vet told me that if I had waited even another 24 hours before treatment the chances would be very low that she could have been saved. Because of my experience I am doubtful if anything can now be done to solve the damage that has occured. I have to wonder about your vet. Didn't he suspect joint damage? If he'd have tested the way my mare was tested, he probably could have seen it was injured and she could have received the IV and bone meds needed. It was probably a waste of time and effort to treat one part of the injury, but to not treat the most important one! Once infection gets into the joint it's almost impossible to cure because the joint capsule holds fluid there, like a fluid filled ball, and there is no way for the bad bacteria to flush out. And soon that bacteria does permanent damage to the surrounding area and the bone itself is ruined, which I do not think can ever heal properly. If this was my horse i would do one last thing. I would haul her to a GOOD equine vet and have her accessed. Get her health records and show what she's already had done for her. Ask them if there is anything that will help her. I think that lancing the joint and flushing it is now too late, likely huge permanent damage has been done, but I'd want another vet's opinion before giving up. If nothing more can be done, then you'll have to decide if she's going to be comfortable enough to manage this way. The vet told me that if their joint is ruined they can sometimes fuse it together so it no longer flexes. This leaves them permanently unsound (which they already are) but also will relieve alot of the pain. A horse like that could then be pasture sound, and perhaps a broodmare. You will have to make these sorts of decisions, and I can really feel for you. i cannot begin to tell you all the tears I cried when my mare was injured, and how afraid I was to spend that money ( I am not rich, this was a horse that I had paid 2 or 3 times more than I'd ever spent so i could try to show on the big circuit) so this has to be hard for you, too. good luck. I hope you find a good second opinion in a vet who can walk you through your options.