Many forms of arthritis cause joint pain and inflammation. The pain management treatment you receive will depend on the underlying cause of your pain. Find out about the different types of arthritis treated at the pain management center.
Also called “wear-and-tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis is a condition caused by a combination of factors. This condition is related to aging and wearing away of the joint surface. As the most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis causes limited motion, joint stiffness, and pain. The most common joints affected with this form of arthritis are the knee and hip.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that causes the body’s cells to attack soft tissues and joint structures. Most joints of the body are affected by rheumatoid arthritis, especially the hands and feet. Severe pain, joint deformities, stiffness, and joint warmth are all symptoms of this condition.
Gouty arthritis, also called gout, is a condition caused by an accumulation of urate crystals within the joint. Urate crystals form due to an unusual breakdown of a normal body substance. The most commonly affected joints are the knee and the big toe.
Pseudogrout is caused by an accumulation of calcium deposits within a joint. Most often seen in the knee joint, pseudogout causes pain and inflammation of the joint.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) causes damage to the body’s joints. A manifestation of SLE is lupus arthritis, which most often affects the hands, wrists, and knees.
Uncommon arthritis conditions known as the spondyloarthropathies include Reiter’s syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and enteropathic arthritis. These conditions are occur due to a specific chromosomal pattern, related to a person’s genetics.
- Psoriatic arthritis – This condition is triggered by psoriasis, a chronic disease characterized by white and red scaly patches on the skin. This form of arthritis causes swelling of the knees, fingers, toes, and spine, as well as discoloration of the nails.
- Ankylosing spondylitis – This form of arthritis affects the spine, causing intense pain, impaired mobility, and stiffness. Usually affecting men, it is often an inherited condition.
- Reiter’s syndrome – This condition affects the joint, eyes, and urethra. Chlamydia and salmonella infections can cause this form of arthritis, or the cause may be unknown. Most often affecting men approaching 40 years of age, common symptoms include burning with urination, joint pain, and eye discharge.
- Enteropathic arthritis – Also called enteropathy, this inflammatory condition affects the spine and joints. It occurs along with inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Infections inside a joint will cause inflammation (infectious arthritis). Also called septic arthritis and bacterial arthritis, treatment of infectious arthritis depends on the underlying pathogen causing the infection. Many cases of infectious arthritis require surgery to clean the joint.
Bleeding within the joint can lead to joint inflammation. Forms of hemorrhagic arthritis include sickle cell disease, hemophilia, and pigmented villonudular synovitis. The blood accumulates within the joint, causing pain and swelling.
This condition affects the joint, eyes, and urethra. Chlamydia and salmonella infections can cause this form of arthritis, or the cause may be unknown. Most often affecting men approaching 40 years of age, common symptoms include burning with urination, joint pain, and eye discharge.
The vast majority of arthritic conditions can be successfully treated nonoperatively. This can avoid surgery with its potential complications. Colorado Clinic offers comprehensive treatment with Board Certified pain management doctors at five locations in Buena Vista, Longmont, Greeley, Boulder, Loveland and Fort Morgan. Call today!