Overview

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints (the points where bones meet) in one or more areas of the body. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, all of which have different causes and treatment methods. The symptoms of arthritis usual[read article]

Tests for Arthritis

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An erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) test does not diagnose one specific condition. Instead, it helps your doctor determine whether you are experiencing inflamma...  More
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Rheumatoid factors are proteins produced by your immune system that can attack healthy tissue in your body. Healthy individuals normally do not produce rheumatoid f...  More
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An X-ray is a common imaging test that has been used for decades to help doctors view the inside of the body without having to make an incision. The X-ray was made ...  More
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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Joint X-Ray
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MRI Joint
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Diagnostic Aspiration of Joint
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A red blood cell count is a blood test that your doctor uses to find out how many red blood cells (RBCs) you have in your blood. It is also called an erythrocyte co...  More
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Over the Counter Medications for Arthritis

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IBUPROFEN (eye BYOO proe fen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used for dental pain, fever, headaches or migraines, osteoarthritis, rheumato...  More
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NAPROXEN (na PROX en) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used to reduce swelling and to treat pain. This medicine may be used for dental pain,...  More
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ASPIRIN (AS pir in) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat mild pain and fever. This medicine is also used as directed by a doctor to prevent and to treat heart at...  More
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CAPSAICIN (cap SAY sin) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat pain in muscles or joints.  More
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ACETAMINOPHEN (a set a MEE noe fen) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat mild pain and fever.  More
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Medical Procedures for Arthritis

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Injection of Therapeutic Substance Into Joint or Ligament
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According to the American Physical Therapy Association, the goal of physical therapy or physiotherapy is to improve mobility, restore function, reduce pain, and pre...  More
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Pain Management
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Heat Therapy
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Injection of Steroid into Joint
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A splint is a piece of medical equipment used to keep an injured body part from moving and to protect it from any further damage. A splint is often used to stabiliz...  More
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Prescribed Medications for Arthritis

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CELECOXIB (sell a KOX ib) is known as a COX-2 inhibitor, a drug that belongs to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) class. It is used to reduce swellin...  More
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IBUPROFEN (eye BYOO proe fen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used for dental pain, fever, headaches or migraines, osteoarthritis, rheumato...  More
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INDOMETHACIN (in doe METH a sin) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used to reduce swelling and to treat pain. It may be used for painful join...  More
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NAPROXEN (na PROX en) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used to reduce swelling and to treat pain. This medicine may be used for dental pain,...  More
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ADALIMUMAB (a dal AYE mu mab) is used to treat several types of arthritis. It is also used to treat Crohn's disease and plaque psoriasis.  More
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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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ASPIRIN (AS pir in) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat mild pain and fever. This medicine is also used as directed by a doctor to prevent and to treat heart at...  More
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AURANOFIN (au RANE oh fin) is a gold compound. It is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis when other medicines have not worked.  More
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AZATHIOPRINE (ay za THYE oh preen) suppresses the immune system. It is used to prevent organ rejection after a transplant. It is also used to treat rheumatoid arthr...  More
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CAPSAICIN (cap SAY sin) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat pain in muscles or joints.  More
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CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE (sye kloe FOSS fa mide) is a chemotherapy drug. It slows the growth of cancer cells. This medicine is used to treat many types of cancer like lymph...  More
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CYCLOSPORINE (SYE kloe spor een) is used to decrease the immune system's response to a transplanted organ.  More
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ETANERCEPT (et a NER sept) is used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in adults and children. The medicine is also used to treat psoriatic arthritis, ankylos...  More
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hylan G-F 20(Synvisc )
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INFLIXIMAB (in FLIX i mab) is used to treat Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It is also used to treat ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, and some forms ...  More
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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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METHOTREXATE (METH oh TREX ate) is a chemotherapy drug. This medicine affects cells that are rapidly growing, such as cancer cells and cells in your mouth and stoma...  More
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METHYLPREDNISOLONE (meth ill pred NISS oh lone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common ...  More
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PENICILLAMINE (pen uh SIL uh meen) binds with heavy metals and cystine in the body. It is used to treat Wilson's disease and cystinuria. It is also used to tre...  More
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PREDNISONE (PRED ni sone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common conditions treated inc...  More
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RITUXIMAB (ri TUX i mab) is a monoclonal antibody. This medicine changes the way the body's immune system works. It is used commonly to treat non-Hodgkin'...  More
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SALSALATE (SAL sa late) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) related to aspirin. It is used to help treat the pain of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arth...  More
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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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TRAMADOL (TRA ma dole) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain in adults.  More
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CHOLINE SALICYLATE; MAGNESIUM SALICYLATE (KOE leen sa LI si late; mag NEE zhum sa LI si late) is an anti-inflammatory pain reliever related to aspirin. It is used t...  More
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Self Care for Arthritis

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Weight Reduction
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Carrying around too much weight feels uncomfortable and it can also damage your health. According the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity rates...  More
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Application of Ice Packs
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Aerobics is a program of physical conditioning designed to enhance circulatory and respiratory efficiency that involves vigorous sustained exercise. Certified instr...  More
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Rest
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Strengthening Exercises
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Alternative Procedures for Arthritis What's this?

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Water has been used medicinally for thousands of years, with traditions rooted in ancient China, Japan, India, Rome, Greece, the Americas, and the Middle East. Ther...  More
Efficacy Grade A
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Water has been used medicinally for thousands of years, with traditions rooted in ancient China, Japan, India, Rome, Greece, the Americas, and the Middle East. Ther...  More
Efficacy Grade A
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The practice of acupuncture originated in China 5,000 years ago. Today it is widely used throughout the world and is one of the main pillars of Chinese medicine. Th...  More
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Efficacy Grade B
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Various forms of meditation have been practiced for thousands of years throughout the world, with many techniques originating in Eastern religious practices. In mod...  More
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Various forms of therapeutic superficial tissue manipulation have been practiced for thousands of years across cultures. Chinese use of massage dates to 1600 BC, an...  More
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Water has been used medicinally for thousands of years, with traditions rooted in ancient China, Japan, India, Rome, Greece, the Americas, and the Middle East. Ther...  More
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Surgical Procedures for Arthritis

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Arthrodesis
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Chondroplasty
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Synovectomy
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Debridement of Joint Cavity
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Osteotomy
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Irrigation of joint cavity
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Herbs and Supplements for Arthritis What's this?

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Glucosamine is a natural compound that is found in healthy cartilage. Glucosamine sulfate is a normal constituent of glycoaminoglycans in cartilage matrix and synov...  More
Efficacy Grade A
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SAMe was first discovered in 1953 by a researcher named Cantoni. It is formed in the body from methionine and adenosine triphosphate in a reaction catalyzed by meth...  More
Efficacy Grade A
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Dong quai ( Angelica sinensis ), also known as Chinese Angelica, has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese medicine. It rema...  More
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Green tea is made from the dried leaves of Camellia sinensis , a perennial evergreen shrub. Green tea has a long history of use, dating back to China approximately ...  More
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The genus name Urtica comes from the Latin verb urere meaning, to burn, because of its urticate (stinging) hairs that cover the stem and underside of the leaves. Th...  More
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Copper is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods, including vegetables, legumes, nuts, grains, and fruits, as well as shellfish, avocado, and beef (organs su...  More
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Once considered a sacred herb in Celtic tradition, mistletoe has been used for centuries for conditions as diverse as high blood pressure, epilepsy, exhaustion, anx...  More
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Shark cartilage is one of the most popular supplements in the United States, with over 40 brand name products sold in 1995 alone. Primarily used for cancer, its use...  More
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The thymus is a lobular gland located under the breastbone near the thyroid gland. It reaches its maximum size during early childhood and plays a large role in immu...  More
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Originally found in Peru, the use of cat's claw ( Uncaria tomentosa ) has been said to date back to the Inca civilization, possibly as far back as 2,000 years....  More
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