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COMMON RHEUMATIC DISEASES

 

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis that can cause joint pain and destruction if untreated. There are now very effective treatments available.

ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS

A serious cause of back pain and stiffness in young adults causing progressive fusion of the spine. Can have associated eye, skin and intestinal symptoms.

PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS

A form of inflammatory arthritis associated with the skin condition psoriasis

POLYMYALGIA RHEUMATICA

Pain and stiffness in the shoulder and hip girdle in those over the age of 50.  

GOUT

A very painful form of arthritis associated with the depostion of urate crystals in the joints.

FIBROMYALGIA

Chronic widespread pain, tenderness to touch, poor sleep, irritable bowel, and mood disturbance.

OSTEOARTHRITIS

Breakdown of the cartilage and other tissue in a joint causing pain and reduced function.

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