progressive Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases of the Joint

What is Progressive Inflammatory Rheumatic Disease of the Joint?

Progressive inflammatory rheumatic diseases of the joint are a group of conditions that cause chronic joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and disability. These include rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyalgia rheumatica. All of these conditions have the potential to cause significant pain, disability, and joint damage.

The main symptoms of progressive inflammatory rheumatic diseases of the joint include:

  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Swelling and redness of the joint
  • Stiffness in the morning
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue

These conditions are usually caused by an underlying autoimmune disorder, which means the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues. This can lead to inflammation in the affected joints, which can eventually cause damage to the surrounding tissues. Without proper treatment, joint damage can become permanent and lead to disability.

Treatment for progressive inflammatory rheumatic diseases of the joint usually involves the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). These medications help to reduce inflammation and pain, allowing the patient to have better mobility. Additionally, physical therapy can help improve range of motion and strength.

It is important to talk to your doctor if you think you may have one of these conditions. Early and accurate diagnosis is key to managing and controlling the progression of the disease. Treatment can help reduce pain, improve mobility, and prevent further damage.