The Right Treatment for Joint Inflammation

Joint inflammation is usually a symptom of some other medical problem such as joint disease and arthritis.  Joint inflammation occurs when the joint has been stressed or damaged causing in to become swollen, red, hot, and painful.  The stress and damage to the joint may be caused by an injury, sickness, infection, or joint disease.  It is important to prevent a more serious condition such as joint destruction or deterioration or other damage to the surrounding tissue, bones and muscles that joint inflammation should be treated right away.  Doctors believe getting an early and proper diagnosis are very important in treating the symptoms of joint disease.

Joint inflammation can be treated with hot or cold compresses, topical creams, and anti-inflammatory agentsBut it is important that you discuss your joint inflammation with a healthcare provider because joint inflammation is a symptoms for some pretty serious medical conditions.

The most common and probable cause of joint inflammation is arthritis.  The two most common types of arthritis today are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  These two conditions are infamous in causing joint inflammation.  Osteoarthritis wears down the cartilage in the joint which can cause the bones to rub one another causing severe pain and joint inflammation.  It can also cause bone spurs which may dig into the surrounding tissue which can also cause joint inflammation.  Rheumatoid arthritis is more dangerous an arthritis than osteoarthritis because it can make an individual totally debilitated and even cause death.  One of the two most common types of arthritis is osteoarthritis.   Rheumatoid arthritis in an autoimmune disease that is usually inherited.

Gout is another type of arthritis that can cause joint inflammation.  An excessive build up of uric acid causes gout.  The symptoms of gout are joint inflammation and is characterized by pins and needles in the joint or surrounding area.  These symptoms are usually confined to the big toe.  Gout symptoms usually only last a few days to a week, so the best treatment is to stay away from food that are high in uric acid and take an anti inflammatory.  If symptoms don’t subside after a week you will want to seek medical advice for your condition.

Your joint inflammation may be the cause of a more serious medical condition and should be treated right away.  If it is being caused by a type of arthritis the doctor will be able to properly diagnose you with a few tests.  He or she will then be able to work with you to provide a proper treatment plan to rid you of your joint inflammation and help maintain and possible cure your arthritis condition.  Your primary doctor may refer you to a specialist to help treat your condition.

There is a protocol to treatment for joint pain among the medical professionals that they use as a rule of thumb.  This protocol, usually, is followed in this way, life style change, medications, surgical procedure.  In most cases of joint disease, life style change or medication is sufficient in getting the condition under control and help prevent further damage to the joint, as well as, promotes a healthier body and lifestyle.