Symptoms vary as per the form of arthritis and each one affects your body uniquely. Arthritic symptoms usually include swelling and severe pain or tenderness in one or more joints for more than 2 weeks.
Redness/heat in a joint, stiffness, limitation of motion at joints, and skin changes including rashes are other common signs.
If you are living with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, Neil Toft’s plastic surgery and the orthopedic clinic provides you the experienced arthritis treatments and care to get your functional life back!
Since arthritis may progress inexorably till to joint destruction along with attendant pain and functional loss, varied orthopedic surgical procedures can play a vital role in the management of arthritis. Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis surgery is deployed early in the course of the condition as well as later when the joint destruction occurs. Surgery for osteoarthritis & rheumatoid arthritis may also play a preventive role prior to the onset of arthritis.
The term arthritis means joint inflammation and is used to describe a condition with cartilage damage. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury. Warning signs of inflammation can include redness, swelling, heat, and pain.
The proportion of cartilage damage in arthritis varies depending on the type and stage of arthritis. Cartilage has no padding to absorb stress. Later, when the cartilage wears out, most pain is caused by mechanical friction with the bone, the rubbing of the bone roughened by cartilage. However, some pain is also due to inflammation.
Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear of the cartilage that covers the bones at the end of any joint.
This is due to excessive stress over a long period of time and to other joint diseases, injuries, and deformities. Primary osteoarthritis is associated with age and general degeneration of the joint. Secondary osteoarthritis is a consequence of diseases and conditions such as repeated trauma or operations.
Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the genes responsible for the disease are triggered by infection or environmental factors. When this happens, the body produces antibodies, a defense mechanism it has against the joint, which leads to rheumatoid arthritis.
Uric acid crystal accumulations can cause gout, and long-term crystal deposition in the joint can also cause problems. Fractures in the joint surface and joint dislocations predispose a person to the development of post-traumatic arthritis.
Arthritis can be diagnosed by medical history, physical examination, and X-rays of the affected part taken by expert osteoarthritis & rheumatoid arthritis doctor. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can also be performed to support the arthritis diagnosis.
They recommend physiotherapy and occupational therapy, including exercise, deep tissue massage, ultrasound, and other treatments.
Initial osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis treatment involves non-surgical and conservative, consisting of rest, avoiding heavyweight, and using analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended. The type of surgery depends on a variety of factors, including age, activity level, and severity of the disease. It may be beneficial to consider anti-inflammatory drugs.
For worsening symptoms, walking aids or braces can be helpful. For more severe symptoms, an injection of cortisone into the joint may be useful.
If conservative measures are exhausted or do not bring relief and the symptoms become obstructive, surgery may be recommended. Surgery for osteoarthritis & rheumatoid arthritis should be considered if non-surgical treatments do not bring relief.
Our Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Clinics are available in Central London, North London, Stanmore, Pinner, Rickmansworth, Watford etc.
The aim of the surgery is to relieve pain and restore normal functioning of the joint.
Your surgeon will discuss these options and help you decide what type of surgery is best for you and when and for how long.
Neil Toft’s plastic surgery clinic provides expert assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for all forms of arthritis. Early diagnosis is the most effective treatment for managing pain, reducing joint damage, and preventing deterioration.
Dr. Neil Toft & the medical team will draw up a thorough medical history, examine you and assess the physical, emotional, and practical effects of your arthritis. You will have an examination to check your joints and look for evidence of inflammatory disease. Then the best osteoarthritis &rheumatoid arthritis surgeon creates a tailor-made treatment program to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and stiffness and improve mobility, health, and wellbeing.