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An overview for primary care physicians and physical/occupational therapists, based on a presentation by Dr. Theodore R. Fields

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Introduction

If detected and treated in its early stages, the effects of inflammatory arthritis can be greatly diminished and the condition may even remit completely. The importance of proper diagnosis, particularly in the early stages of the disease, is often underestimated by primary care physicians, but it may prevent serious, lifelong arthritic complications for their patients.

This presentation will address the following questions:

  • What is the spectrum of inflammatory arthritis?
  • Why does it need to be diagnosed early?
  • What kinds of treatment are available for early inflammatory arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis?
  • What is the role of the primary care physician and/or physical or occupational therapist in early inflammatory arthritis?

How do you differentiate between mechanical arthritis and inflammatory arthritis?

Whereas mechanical arthritis (osteoarthritis) most commonly presents after the age of 50 and increases in frequency with age, inflammatory arthritis (IA) tends to involve a broader age spectrum, often striking patients in the peak working and child-rearing age group.

Mechanical arthritis is joint-localized, presents with spurs of new bone from the joints, and tends not be associated with systemic symptoms. However, patients with IA present with joint warmth (and occasional redness), soft swelling of the joints, and constitutional symptoms such as fever, weight loss, malaise, morning stiffness greater than 30 minutes and generalized fatigue. These symptoms are accompanied by extra-articular manifestations such as nodules, eye inflammation, and skin abnormalities.

painarthritiswithhow to painarthritiswith for A simple test of the metacarpal-phalangeal (MCP) joints can be performed to rule out osteoarthritis. In this test, the second through for 1 last update 2020/07/11 fourth metacarpo-phalangeal joints (see image, lower left) or the metatarso-phalangeal joints (see image, lower right) are squeezed together to test for tenderness. A positive result is an indication of the presence of inflammatory arthritis.A simple test of the metacarpal-phalangeal (MCP) joints can be performed to rule out osteoarthritis. In this test, the second through fourth metacarpo-phalangeal joints (see image, lower left) or the metatarso-phalangeal joints (see image, lower right) are squeezed together to test for tenderness. A positive result is an indication of the presence of inflammatory arthritis.


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What are the different types of inflammatory arthritis?

The most common type of IA is rheumatoid arthritis (RA) โ€“ 1% of the world''s population, occurs three times more often in women than in men, and in most cases, develops in adults between the ages of 25 and 50. However, children and the elderly are also at risk.

What are the benefits of discovering inflammatory arthritis early?

IA requires early diagnosis; it can remit if left unchecked and undiagnosed in perhaps 5% of patients, but will much more likely evolve into a chronic inflammatory arthritis, most commonly RA. Conversely, early treatment can prevent future deformity and disability, and will likely help reduce collateral damage, such as atherosclerosis.

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