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Diseases That Affect The Joints

Of the diseases or injuries that affect human joints, arthritis is no doubt the best-known joint disease. There are however many other diseases that can affect the joints. These diseases may be short-lived or exceedingly chronic, agonizingly painful or merely a minor irritation and uncomfortable, they may be confined to one joint or may affect many joints and other parts of the body.

Arthritis affects 70% of Americans

Primary forms of arthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease) is a condition in which inflammation results in pain in the joints. read more...
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis is traditionally considered a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the joints. read more...
  • Septic Arthritis is bacteria that is carried by the bloodstream from an infection elsewhere in the body, and penetrates the joint. read more...
  • Gout and Pseudogout is a painful condition that occurs when uric acid, a natural waste product, is deposited as needle-like crystals into the joints and/or soft tissues. read more...
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is the most common form of persistent arthritis in children. read more...
  • Still's Disease because this disease presents in many different ways, diagnosis is difficult. read more...
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis is a chronic, painful, degenerative inflammatory arthritis primarily affecting the spine and sacroiliac joints, causing eventual fusion of the spine. read more...

Of the diseases or injuries that affect your joints, arthritis is no doubt the best-known joint disease. There are however many other diseases that can affect the joints. These diseases may be short-lived or chronic, agonizingly painful, or merely a minor irritation and discomfort, they may be confined to one joint or may affect many as well as other parts of the body.



Secondary to other diseases:

  • Lupus erythematosus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can be fatal, though with recent medical advances, fatalities are becoming increasingly rare. read more...
  • Henoch-Schφnlein purpura is a disease that causes inflammation of the blood vessels with symptoms that can include arthritis, abdominal pain and purpura (red or purple discolorations on the skin).
  • Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that can affect a small amount of people that suffer from chronic skin disease psoriasis. read more...
  • Reactive arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that develops in response to an infection in another part of the body, food poisoning and sexually transmitted diseases are common causes of Reactive Arthritis.
  • Haemochromatosiss is a hereditary disease which causes the accumulation of iron in body tissues.
  • Hepatitis is a virus that causes inflammation of cells in the liver tissue and can cause scarring of the liver. read more...
  • Wegener's granulomatosis (and many other vasculitis syndromes) often initially diagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis is a form of vasculitis that affects the lungs, kidneys and other organs.
  • Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. read more...
  • Familial Mediterranean fever is a hereditary disease that causes inflammation in the abdomen, chest, and joints.
  • Hyperimmunoglobulinemia D with recurrent fever commonly abbreviated as HIDS is a periodic fever syndrome also known as autoinflammatory syndrome.
  • TNF receptor associated periodic syndrome also known as TRAPS or familial Hibernian fever is another form of periodic fever syndrome that has symptoms such as recurrent high fevers, rash, abdominal pain, joint and muscle aches.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Including Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis) is a group of inflammatory conditions that cause inflammation of the large intestine. read more...

Diseases that can mimic arthritis include:

  • Hypertrophic Osteoarthropathy more commonly known as 'Clubbing' in humans is a deformity of the fingers and fingernails that is associated with a number of diseases, mostly of the heart and lungs.
  • Multiple Myeloma is a type of cancer that affects the bone marrow. Myeloma cells may also attack your bones causing pain and making bones crack or fracture more easily.
  • Osteoporosis is a disease that causes a decrease of bone mineral density increasing the risk of fractures. Minor fractures in bones close to a joint can cause pain and inflammation resembling a form of arthritis.
  • Fifth disease is also referred to as erythema infectiosum (meaning infectious redness) and as slapped cheek syndrome, slapcheek, slap face or slapped face, apple sickness or ringo-byo.

Conditions caused by symptoms:

  • Muscle and Bone Atrophy is a condition that can be caused by prolonged immobility. Atrophy is the partial or complete wasting away of a part of the body and is a general physiological process of reabsorption and breakdown of tissues.
  • Clinical Depression is a serious illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts that cannot simply be willed or wished away. It is often a disabling disease that affects a person's work, family and school life, sleeping and eating habits, general health and ability to enjoy life.


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