What is a JOINT?
A joint is where two or more bones are joined together. Joints can be rigid, like the joints between the bones in your skull, or movable, like knees, hips, and shoulders. Many joints have cartilage on the ends of the bones where they come together. Healthy cartilage helps you move by allowing bones to glide over one another. It also protects bones by preventing them from rubbing against each other. However, these areas are exposed to wear and tear over the years or may even get injure in an accident. Keeping your joints healthy will allow you to have the mobility to run, walk, jump, play sports, and do the other things you like to do.
Common Joint Issues
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is seen especially among older people. In osteoarthritis, the surface cartilage in the joints breaks down and wears away, allowing the bones to rub together. This causes pain, swelling, and loss of motion in the joint. Sometimes, it can be triggered by an injury to a joint, such as a knee injury that damages the cartilage.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. Our body immune system attacks the tissues of the joints as if they were disease-causing agents. Very often this causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. People with rheumatoid arthritis may also feel tired and sick, and they sometimes get fevers. It can cause permanent damage to the joints and sometimes affects the heart, lungs, or other organs.
Gout is a form of arthritis that is caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, most commonly in the big toe. It can be extremely painful. There are several effective treatments for gout that can reduce disability and pain.
The good news is that these conditions can be treated. You no longer have to suffer in pain as treatment is available in our clinics. Apart from medication, our doctors are able to provide professional advice on how to manage your condition.