An autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the lining of the joint causing damage to the cartilage and bone. if untreated, rheumatoid arthritis can result in joint destruction and deformity.
An inflammatory condition that predominantly affects the spine. The main symptoms are lower back pain and stiffness. The pain and stiffness are usually worse overnight and first thing in the morning and gradually improve over the course of the day. Untreated the spine can slowly fuse.
An inflammatory condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder and hip girdlle. Usually only affects those over the age of 50.
The most common form of arthritis, often referred to as ‘wear and tear of a joint’, but the process is more complex. The primary problem is breakdown of the cartilage within the joint which then this leads to bony changes and damage to other surrounding tissues such as the ligaments. .
SLE is an autoimmune condition that can affect almost any organ of the body. The term 'lupus' means 'wolf' in latin. The name comes from the fact that the facial rash associated with SLE looks like the flesh has been devoured by a wolf.
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