Inflammatory spondyloarthropathy treatment
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What is inflammatory spondyloarthropathy?
Inflammatory spondyloarthropathy, also known as spondyloarthritis, is an autoimmune disease. It occurs when the immune system attacks the spine and sometimes the joints of the arms and legs. Men are most likely to be affected by inflammatory spondyloarthropathy, especially younger men in their teens and twenties.
The most common age range of those who develop the disease is 17 to 45. It is believed that genetics put some individuals at risk for developing inflammatory spondyloarthropathy. The condition is sometimes associated with inflammatory bowel disease as many patients experience symptoms of both. The inflammation associated with spondyloarthropathy can lead to bone destruction, so it is important to have the condition treated.
Symptoms and causes
The most common symptoms of inflammatory spondyloarthropathy are lower back pain and swelling in the arms and legs. Pain may include the hips and is usually worse in the morning or after a period of inactivity. Patients also may experience stiffness of the spine or other joints. The tendons in the toes and fingers may become inflamed.
Many patients also experience pain and irritation in their eyes, as well as psoriasis and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as belly pain and bloating. Fatigue is common. If left untreated, the condition may lead to ankylosing spondylitis where the vertebrae of the spine fuse together. This can result in decreased flexibility of the spine and a hunched posture.
Inflammatory spondyloarthropathy is a chronic condition, but its symptoms can be managed and the progress of the disease can be slowed. Symptoms can be treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, as well as with corticosteroids, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologic medications.
Physical therapy and certain exercises are also recommended as well as a focus on maintaining good posture. Therapies such as mass age, acupuncture and meditation may relieve symptoms. Hot and cold compresses can reduce swelling, and eating a healthy diet with large amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables is recommended. Surgery, typically a joint replacement procedure, is an option for patients severely affected by this disease.
Treating inflammatory spondyloarthropathy
FAQs about disease
Is osteoarthritis a disability?Osteoarthritis is a chronic and painful condition that can be disabling as it affects the ability to perform daily tasks or work. The condition is classified as a disability when there’s anatomical deformity of joints, a failing range of motion, and increased pain that prevents doing basic tasks like walking. Being a type of arthritis, Osteoarthritis is the reduction of cartilage between the joints that causes friction between the bones that can result in the formation of bone spurs and cysts and usually affects the hands, hips, knees, feet, and compression of the spinal nerves or spinal cord.
Is osteoarthritis hereditary?While Osteoarthritis cannot be directly linked to a specific cause, there are common factors that have been identified. It is possible that it’s genetic where multiple family members suffer from the condition. If your grandparents, parents, and siblings have Osteoarthritis, there is an increased risk of you getting it, particularly with genetic joint defects. If you do have symptoms of joint pain, it’s important to gather medical history from your family before seeing a doctor as diagnosis relies on this information together with a physical examination. Other causes are also likely such as years of sport that can affect joints.
Can I claim pip for osteoarthritis?If you are medically diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and it’s affecting your ability to work and earn an income, you may be able to claim Social Security disability benefits. People aged 16 years and over may qualify for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) as a benefit to provide support in covering additional costs due to a long-term health condition or disability. PIP is paid when Osteoarthritis has a disabling effect on everyday life where load-bearing joints, like hands, feet, hips, knees, and spine are affected. It is a progressive joint disease that can worsen over time.
Can osteoarthritis spread?The risk of developing Osteoarthritis increases with age. Many people over 60 years are likely to have some form of the condition with varying degrees of severity. It is an incurable, degenerative disease that progresses through four stages, which can take years or decades to spread. While the progression of Osteoarthritis cannot be stopped, early detection and therapy can slow the rate of degeneration. It usually starts in one large joint and typically spreads to other joints over time. One affected joint can alter movement and mobility, which in turn can affect the alignment of other joints predisposing them to Osteoarthritis.
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?Symptoms of Osteoarthritis slowly develop over time and initially start with pain and stiffness that doesn’t go away. Affected joints start hurting during or after movement and stiffness will be especially noticeable in the mornings or after a period of inactivity. Joints feel tender when any pressure is applied on or near the affected area. You may also start noticing a limited range of movement and loss of flexibility. Bone spurs, swelling and a grating sensation around the joints start occurring as the condition get worse. This is accompanied by popping or crackling sounds when moving the joints.