Erosive (osteo)arthritis

Symptoms of Erosive (osteo)arthritis

The following features are indicative of Erosive (osteo)arthritis:
  • hand joint pain
  • hand joint swelling
  • redness around the hand joint
  • hand joint warmth
  • limited function of the hand joints
  • morning hand joint stiffness

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Common Causes of Erosive (osteo)arthritis

The following are the most common causes of Erosive (osteo)arthritis:
  • hormonal imbalance
  • chronic renal diseases
  • metabolic disorders
  • endocrine diseases
  • microcrystal-induced diseases
  • autoimmune diseases

Risk Factors for Erosive (osteo)arthritis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Erosive (osteo)arthritis:
  • female gender
  • older age
  • recreational activities
  • family history of arthritis
  • obesity
  • hereditary aspect
  • previous joint injury
  • occupational activities

Prevention of Erosive (osteo)arthritis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Erosive (osteo)arthritis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • maintain healthy body weight
  • do exercise regularly
  • use heat and cold pad

Occurrence of Erosive (osteo)arthritis

Common Gender

Erosive (osteo)arthritis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Erosive (osteo)arthritis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Erosive (osteo)arthritis:
  • X-ray: To view bone spurs around a joint
  • MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging): To provide the detailed pictures of bone and soft tissues
  • Blood tests: To measure levels of Antinuclear Antibody (ANA), Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR), C-Reactive Protein (CRP), and rheumatoid factor (RF) in the blood
  • Ultrasound: To diagnose soft tissue inflammation around the joint

Complications of Erosive (osteo)arthritis if untreated

Yes, Erosive (osteo)arthritis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Erosive (osteo)arthritis is left untreated:
  • deformed hand
  • dysfunctional hand

Self-care for Erosive (osteo)arthritis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Erosive (osteo)arthritis:
  • maintain healthy body weight
  • exercise regularly
  • use heat and cold pad

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Erosive (osteo)arthritis

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Erosive (osteo)arthritis:
  • Regular physical therapy: Strengthen the muscles around the joint and increase the range of motion and lowers the pain
  • Use Occupational therapy: Reduce the pain
  • Tai chi and yoga: Reduce the stress and joint pain and improve movements
  • Acupuncture: Relieves pain and improve joint function
  • Intake glucosamine and chondroitin supplements: Beneficial for people with osteoarthritis
  • Use avocado-soybean unsaponifiables dietary supplements: Prevents joint damage

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Erosive (osteo)arthritis.

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