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Friday, January 25, 2013

Traumatic Arthritis

There is a form of arthritis which is referred to as Traumatic, or Post-Traumatic Arthritis. This type of arthritis is usually caused by injuries, accidents, or other physical trauma, and results in wear and tear of the surface cartilage in the affected joints.

It is often hard to tell what specific injury lies at the root of it, since the damage may have occurred several years prior to the symptoms. It can result in joint pain, swelling, inflammation, accumulation of fluid in the joint, internal bleeding, stiffness, and limited mobility.

Unfortunately, the damage that is done progresses over time. It is also being sped up by continuous pressure, strain, and being over-weight. The first advice a doctor will give is to diminish the pressure and alleviate the pain by loosing weight.

Other treatment options are strengthening the muscles around the joint through low impact exercises. Pain medication such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) have proven to be helpful, as well as cortisone shots.

These treatments are all geared towards decreasing the pain, but they will not solve the problem. Even with all these options, the wear and tear will go on and surgery may be needed. Sometimes, this can be restorative surgery, but it could also mean fusion or joint replacement.

After a physical examination, blood tests, x-rays, possibly a CT scan or MRI, the doctor will discuss the best and most effective treatment options for the time being. This could change over time though as the damage progresses.

Accidents happen. We may not always know the damage that has been done. When we become aware of it, all we can do is try and correct it the best way possible, learn from it, and do our utmost to prevent it from happening in the future.

We press on. We will never reach perfection in this live, but we can strive to be as perfect as we can be and God is always there to lend two helping hands!

Philippians 3:12
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.


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