Joint pain caused by inflammatory joint diseases
What is inflammatory joint pain?
Inflammatory joint pain is pain that is caused by swelling and inflammation in the joint. Typical symptoms include warmth and sometimes redness of the overlying skin, pain and swelling of the joint with associated morning stiffness typically lasting more than 30 minutes. Inflammatory joint pain is often caused by diseases which cause swelling, increased joint fluid as well as damage to the cartilage and bone of the joints. Inflammation of the joints may be caused by synovitis, bone erosions, a swollen joint capsule, joint dislocations, ligament damage and joint fusion or auto-immune diseases that cause inflammation.
Joint swelling and inflammation may be caused by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), septic arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) or auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, the connective tissue diseases especially SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus), Sjogren's syndrome, and Mixed Connective Tissue Diseases (MCTD) amongst others. These auto-immune diseases are caused by a defected immune system which leads it to mistake normal tissue for invading organisms.
Joint pain caused by inflammation of the joint may involve the following symptoms:
- Pain in the joint (whether in motion or not)
- Limitation of motion
These symptoms are debilitating for those who suffer from them, causing a loss of motion, mobility and sub-sequentially, quality of life. As a Physician with special interest in Rheumatology, Dr Griesel strives to manage and treat inflammatory joint diseases as best possible with the priority being pain relief, but also to enhance mobility and motion.