Persistent joint pain, Pain or tenderness in a common which is exacerbated by movement or activity, such as walk, getting up from a chair, writing, typing, holding an object, throwing a ball, turning a key, Inflammation indicated by joint swelling, stiffness, redness, and/or warmth, Joint deformity, Loss of range of motion or flexibility in a joint, Other associated symptoms that are invited to be present may include unexplained weight loss, Extreme fatigue, lack of energy, Non-specific fever without any cause. Different forms of arthritis such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can cause changes that you will be able to see and feel. With Osteoarthritis the symptoms can range from stiffness and mild pain that comes and goes with activities like walking, bending or stooping to severe joint pain. Rheumatoid arthritis can attack almost any joint in the body. Most of the time with rheumatoid arthritis if you have arthritis in a joint on one side of the body the same joint on the other side of the body will be affected.
Symmetric arthritis has symptoms similar to rheumatoid arthritis but milder and the case of deformity is less. Mistaken for osteoarthritis, Distal Interphalangeal Predominant involves the last joints of the toes or fingers. A more serious and severe type of psoriatic arthritis is the arthritis mutilans that affects joints of the feet and hands which eventually result to the depletion of bones and cartilage.
Severity, The duration, and the nature of joint involvement may give a clue to the kind of arthritis, since the prognosis will vary depending on the cause of this disease.
What causes joint deformity in rheumatoid arthritis
If only a single joint is involved then you would consider causes like septic arthritis (with fever/ inflammation), reactive arthritis, transient synovitis etc. On the other hand, if multiple joints are involved then a possibility like Rheumatoid arthritis, Rheumatic fever, Osteoarthritis etc. may need to be kept in mind. The diagnostic clues will give ides for specific tests to be undertaken so that appropriate therapy can be given to minimize pain and activity disruption, with a minimum of side effects. If you have arthritis signs and symptoms, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Diagnosing arthritis early can help to prevent irreversible damage and disability. The arthritis signs and symptoms needs to be taken seriously as there is currently no known cure for arthritis. Because there is presently no known cure, you must have early and aggressive treatment so as to minimize your symptoms and the on-going joint destruction of arthritis. Many patients have benefited greatly with early and aggressive treatment and by working closely with your health care professional you too have this opportunity.
What is the cause of arthritis?What leads to arthritis in the joints? What can you do to prevent it? and when is it "too late for your joints?…
Arthritis is an umbrella term for over 100 different conditions. There are three main types. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. This caused by wear and tear of the joints. It usually occurs in people over 40 and very rarely found in anyone younger. Most people will develop osteoarthritis eventually. But if you injure your joints, like fracture or sprain, or you are a very active person, like a gymnast or work in a physically demanding job, you're more likely to be affected early. To prevent this type of arthritis, you should do your best to look after your joints. Don't put excess strain or pressure on your joints. Omega 3 is thought to be helpful and some people report that glucosamine is helpful, although there's not a lot of evidence to support this. The next type is a crystal arthritis, most common type is gout. This usually affects middle aged men. There is thought to be a direct link between diet and gout. Sugars, alcohol and fatty food plays a bit part in the development of this type of arthritis. The last type is an autoimmune form of arthritis. This occurs in conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and Psoriatic Arthritis. This is when the immune system confuses itself for a foreign body and begins to attack itself. There is very little you can do to prevent this type of arthritis. The best and number 1 way to minimize the risk is by not smoking. This type of arthritis is systemic, meaning it doesn't just affect the joints, but can attack the eyes, kidney, heart, liver and lungs. It causes fatigue and other symptoms. If you have a history of autoimmune diseases in your family, you're more likely to develop one yourself. These forms of arthritis usually affect those under 40, some are more common in men, but most of them (except AS) are more common in woman. These forms of arthritis are treated with medications such as steroids and chemotherapy. So, protect your joints, take omega 3, avoid sugary, fatty, salty foods, limit alcohol and don't smoke! EDIT- Claudia, your answer is seriously flawed. According to Arthritisinsight.com there are 171 different types of arthritis (http://arthritisinsight.com/medical/disease/171.html) but you'll see some of these are not really types of arthritis, for example, the website lists Raynaud's Disease, Fibromyalgia, bursitis, flat feet and hypermobile syndrome. This list should really be called "musculo-skeletal disorders". I don't know where you'd get 300 different types from. What type of autoimmune arthritis is not systemic? There has been a lot of research done in to cigarette smoking and Rheumatoid Arthritis. "Nearly a decade ago, at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in October/November 2000, researchers reported that the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis is nearly double for current smokers compared to non-smokers. The risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis is lower for former smokers compared to current smokers, but higher than for people who never smoked. In one study, women who were smokers but had stopped at least 10 years prior to the start of the study did not have an increased risk." (http://arthritis.about.com/od/smoking/a/cigarette_smoking_utd.htm Lupus is a form of arthritis. "The Lupus Foundation of America estimates more than 90 percent of those affected will experience joint and/or muscle pain at some time during the course of their illness. Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, lupus arthritis is less disabling and usually does not cause severe destruction of the joints. Fewer than ten percent of people with lupus arthritis will develop deformities of the hands and feet." Arthritis is one of the 11 criteria for diagnosing Lupus. Autoimmune arthritis definitely has a genetic element. If anyone in your family has an autoimmune disease it puts you at risk of any autoimmune disease. Just because you're the only person in YOUR family to have JIA, doesn't mean it's the same for other's families. This is one of the first things a doctor will ask when you're being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. What do you mean gout isn't a type of arthritis? I have NEVER read anything to say that it's not a form of arthritis. The American College of Rheumatology says "Gout is a painful and potentially disabling form of arthritis that has been recognized since ancient times. Initial symptoms usually consist of intense episodes of painful swelling in single joints, most often in the feet (especially the big toe)." Diet is only on element to the cause of gout. ….
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most of the other answers are seriously flawed. There are over 300 types of arthritis which can affect people of all ages. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear of joints over time and can be caused by overactivity of joints or injury of joints. there is no real way to prevent getting it. eventually the cartilage in your joints will wear down. leading a healthy lifestyle helps because excess weight can be harder on joints. also avoiding joint injuries obviously but we tend to do that naturally. There are ways to treat it once you have it so it's never "too late" for your joints. if they get really bad you get a joint replacement but there are many medications and glucosamine helps with osteoarthritis. There are many forms of autoimmune arthritis such as juvenile and rheumatoid arthritis. these forms are obviously caused by the immune system attacking healthy cells in the body. not all forms are systemic (systemic arthritis is its own disease) there is absolutely no way to prevent this from happening. Smoking does not cause this disease (that makes no medical sense at all) it has to do with the way your immune system develops and functions. also lupus though related is not a form of arthritis. Doctors do not know the cause of it because otherwise they would be closer to a cure. It has also not been proven to be genetic so your family history is not related. I have had Juvenile idiopathic arthritis since age 2 and am the only person in my entire extended family who has it. But again there are many helpful medications and things that you can do to treat it. Me and many others like me lead very normal lives with arthritis. its just a matter of knowing your body and taking care of yourself. and again if it gets really bad there is joint replacement surgery which has helped a lot of my friends greatly. someone else mentioned gout which is caused by high uric acid. Its not exactly a form of arthrits but it's related and treated by the same doctors. This illness is caused by unhealthy lifestyle and is heavily affected by the foods that you eat. its prevented obviously by eating healthy and exercising. there are many arthritis myths out there and many people think that there are things that cause arthritis which do not. cracking your knuckles, unhealthy diet, smoking, etc. These things are not good for you but they will not cause you to get arthritis. It is something that I wish people would understand because often times when people learn that I have arthritis they believe that I have done something wrong and I have lived a very healthy live so far.