Any disorder of the joints

Symptoms of Arthropathy

The following features are indicative of Arthropathy:
  • swelling
  • joint stiffness
  • malaise
  • fatigue
  • tenderness
  • muscle weakness
  • decreased mobility
  • joint pain
  • loss of flexibility
  • grating sensation
  • bone spurs
  • weight loss
It is possible that Arthropathy shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Arthropathy

The following are the most common causes of Arthropathy:
  • increased uric acid levels
  • family history
  • overweight
  • deteriorated cartilage
  • previous joint injury
  • abnormal joint
  • abnormal limb development
  • inherited factors

Risk Factors for Arthropathy

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Arthropathy:
  • older age
  • previous joint injury
  • family history
  • obesity
  • genetic mutation in the HLA-DRB1 gene
  • bone deformities

Prevention of Arthropathy

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Arthropathy. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • maintain normal body weight
  • exercise regularly
  • apply heating pad
  • apply ice packs

Occurrence of Arthropathy

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Arthropathy cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Arthropathy most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 18-64 years

Common Gender

Arthropathy can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Arthropathy

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Arthropathy:
  • X-ray: To visualize bone and view cartilage loss, bone damage and bone spurs
  • CT scan (Computerized tomography): To visualize bone and the surrounding soft tissues
  • MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging): To produce more-detailed cross-sectional images of soft tissues
  • Ultrasound: To view soft tissues, cartilage and fluid-containing structures
  • Blood test: To evaluate the causes of joint pain
  • Joint fluid analysis: To determine the inflammation and pain in the joints
  • Physical examination: To examine the affected joint

Complications of Arthropathy if untreated

Yes, Arthropathy causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Arthropathy is left untreated:
  • twisted joints
  • deformed joints
  • severe joint pain
  • joint stiffness

Procedures for Treatment of Arthropathy

The following procedures are used to treat Arthropathy:
  • Joint replacement surgery: Removes the damaged joint and replaces it with an artificial joints
  • Joint repair: Reduces pain and improve function of joint
  • Joint fusion: Removes the ends of the two bones in the joint
  • Osteotomy: Cuts are made across the bone either above or below the knee to removes or adds a wedge of bone

Self-care for Arthropathy

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Arthropathy:
  • Exercise regularly: Strengthen the muscles surrounding joints
  • Lose weight: Reduces the stress on the weight-bearing joints
  • Quit smoking: Reduces stress on connective tissues

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Arthropathy

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Arthropathy:
  • Acupuncture: Reduce many types of pain, including that caused by some types of arthritis
  • Yoga: Improve joint flexibility and range of motion in people with some types of arthritis
  • Use glucosamine: Relieves arthritis pain
  • Massage: Increases blood flow and warm affected joints
  • Use avocado-soybean unsaponifiables dietary supplements: Prevents joint damage in case of knee and hip osteoarthritis
  • Regular physical therapy: Strengthen the muscles around joint, raises range of motion and lowers the pain
  • Occupational therapy: Relieves the pain

Patient Support for Treatment of Arthropathy

The following actions may help Arthropathy patients:
  • Patient education and support: Improves or maintain function and quality of life

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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