Administration of drugs intravenously in fluid form through a needle or catheter. It is prescribed when a patient’s condition cannot be treated with injections subcutaneously or by oral medications.
A procedure where fluid is drained from a joint using a needle and syringe. The fluid is sent to a laboratory for joint fluid analysis. The removal of joint fluid may also relieve pain and pressure on the joint.
An inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle. This often results from overactivity.
A procedure that involves the injection of gel-like substances (hyaluronates) into a joint to supplement the viscous properties of synovial fluid. Viscosupplementation is a lubricating gel and is injected directly into the joint space in a series of 3-5 injections over 3-5 weeks and deceases friction and can reduce or eliminate pain.
Pain that can be acute or chronic caused by many different factors including lifting, occupation or injury.
Can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. These attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Over time, they can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues and is caused by too much uric acid in the blood.
A chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.
Immune system disorders cause abnormally low activity or overactivity of the immune system. In cases of immune system overactivity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues (autoimmune diseases). Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body’s ability to fight invaders, causing vulnerability to infections.
A condition associated with muscular pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. It is a form of soft-tissue rheumatism, a broad term including a group of disorders that cause pain and stiffness around the joints and in muscles and bones.
A chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.
A bacterial infection you get from the bite of an infected tick. The first symptom is usually a rash, which may look like a bull’s eye.
A chronic disease characterized by a form of inflammation of the skin (psoriasis) and joints (inflammatory arthritis). It can also cause inflammation of the spine (spondyloarthropathies)
A type of arthritis that affects the spine. Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms include pain and stiffness from the neck down to the lower back. The spine’s bones (vertebrae) may grow or fuse together, resulting in a rigid spine. These changes may be mild or severe, and may lead to a stooped-over posture. Early diagnosis and treatment helps control pain and stiffness and may reduce or prevent significant deformity.