Like most medical conditions, the signs and symptoms vary from one person to the next and depends on a number of variables. Common symptoms include:
There are over 100 kinds of arthritis. The most common arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is caused by wear and tear on their joints. Osteoarthritis generally begins at or after middle age, but can affect younger people when they play sports or do repetitive work. If you are overweight and/or have a family history of osteoarthritis, you are at higher risk of developing the condition yourself.
Another common form of arthritis is autoimmune rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic disease that impact joints throughout your entire body. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body attacks the protective synovium surrounding the joint, causing damage to the synovium, cartilage, bone, and even tendons and ligaments.
Posttraumatic arthritis develops after the joint has been injured, sometimes even when the injury received prompt and appropriate medical attention. As a matter of fact, a joint that was fractured or dislocated in the past is as much as 7 times more likely to develop arthritis than a joint that wasn’t.
Proper diagnosis and treatment requires a thorough examination and accurate diagnosis. This includes a physical examination including review of medical and family history, a gait analysis to evaluate how you walk, X-rays, lab tests, and sometimes additional imaging.
It’s important to understand underlying causes to effectively treat arthritis in the lower extremities. Some treatment options that Dr. Jacoby may recommend include:
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