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Joint Damage

Joint Damage

Depending on what type of bone condition or ailment that an individual may be suffering from, joint damage is almost always a possibility over a period of time. Regardless of what type of condition you may be in or how healthy your joints may be currently, joint damage is always an inevitable situation, especially as we continue to age. There are generally two ways that joint damage can occur in terms of bone conditions and the related ailments. Inflammation inside of the joint can cause the joint lining to begin to spread to areas where it does not need to be. When this continues to happen, it can cause harm to the cartilage or bone that is within the area and damage the joints. Another option is that the elements that fight against the infection within the body can begin to attach the cartilage and cause it to degrade as well. Over a period of time, when too much stress or activity is put upon that joint, it can start to make the cartilage weaken. This would be considered to be a degenerative type of disease and it would wear down the joints and their cartilage much quicker than what you would experience from usual use of your joints on a daily basis. Some joint damage occurs during predictable flares, depending on what type of condition you are dealing with. This is common for people who have arthritis or fibromyalgia. During these flares, the joints feel as if they are stiff and swollen. It may be painful to move them. This is considered to be disease activity and can often reflect periods when joint damage is more likely to occur. However, some conditions don’t always have these predictable flares of disease activity. You may experience days where you are completely symptomless but later experience pain because you have sustained damage on your joints. It is possible to have painful joints but not experience any joint damage at all. Sometimes you can have a flare without any damage occurring. Other times, you can have joint damage but not experience any pain. It varies from person to person and depends on your overall condition. In most cases, your doctor cannot do much to prevent this type of damage. In severe cases, you might want to consider joint replacement or a similar treatment, but doctors generally try to avoid this option because surgery is considered to be invasive.
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