What is Arthritis?Arthritis is inflammation of the joints resulting in pain, swelling, stiffness and limited movement. It is a common cause of chronic pain and disability.
What is Traumatic Arthritis?
This is a type of arthritis resulting from an injury or fracture. Such injuries can damage the cartilage and cause pain and stiffness over a period. The condition may develop years after the trauma such as a fracture, severe sprain or ligament tears. It can occur in the hand, wrist or elbow.
Causes of Traumatic Arthritis
Fractures at joint surfaces and joint dislocations may predispose an individual to develop post-traumatic arthritis. It is considered that your body secretes certain hormones following injury, which may cause death of the cartilage cells.
Symptoms of Traumatic Arthritis
The most common symptom of hip arthritis is joint pain and stiffness resulting in limited range of motion. Vigorous activity can increase the pain and stiffness which may cause limping while walking.
Diagnosis of Traumatic Arthritis
Diagnosis is made by evaluating medical history, a physical examination and X-rays.
There is no cure for arthritis. Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine. Your doctor may recommend occupational therapy or physiotherapy, which includes exercises and heat treatment.
In severe cases, surgery may be suggested. The type of surgery will depend on your age and severity of the disease. Arthroplasty is a procedure where your surgeon removes the affected joint and replaces it with an artificial implant. The goal of the surgery is to relieve pain and restore the normal functioning of the joint. Total joint replacement can be performed through an open or minimally invasive approach.