Flare-ups of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Though the diagnosis of arthritis may seem like a death sentence when they are first given that diagnosis by their doctor, in reality people with it may go a long time between flare-ups where they experience pain. As we get older, the quality and volume of material in our joints begins to deteriorate and erode, though we don't all experience pain as a result of it. each person is different in how they experience pain as a result of the health of their joints and physical condition. The amount of physical pain that a person experiences as a result of their physical condition may depend on several factors, including their lifestyle, level of physical activity, overall level of fitness, posture, and general health.

Many people experience back pain as a result of degenerative changes to the soft tissues of their back. The soft tissues, including the spinal ligaments, tendons, facet joints, and intervertebral bones, help to aid in the movement and protection of the vertebrae (spine) and prevent the bones from rubbing together. The soft tissues of the spine allow for a certain range of movement, without allowing the joints of the back from moving to a range that could cause injury. The most common types of degenerative changes that occur in the back are degenerative disc disease and facet joint arthritis. Both the facet joints and the discs that separate the bones from rubbing together may wear out from injury or age related wear and tear. Osteoarthritis may occur if the cartilage and disc material wear out to the point that the bones touch each other and rub together, causing osteoarthritis and pain.



One interesting thing about back pain associated with soft tissue degeneration is that people often experience significant pain while these changes are taking place, but feel very little pain or discomfort between these changes. Once the degenerative changes begin to take place, the body has several survival mechanisms that prevent further friction of the damages bones and prevent against further destabilization of the joint.

Flare-ups of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Above was a brief description of osteoarthritis, which includes the inflammation of joints and associated damage to the bones they support. Rheumatoid arthritis is another type of arthritis that cause inflammation of the joint, not as a result of their wear and tear, but because of an inflammatory disease. With rheumatoid arthritis, either a genetic condition or the invasion of a virus causes your own body to turn against itself, attacking its own tissues. The tissues that are most often attacked with rheumatoid arthritis are the joints. One interesting thing about rheumatoid arthritis is that there are often flare-ups of the condition, followed by periods or dormancy, where the joints are relatively unaffected. Fortunately, there are several types of treatments available to extend the periods between flare-ups of rheumatoid arthritis, and to minimize the amount of pain and inflammation of the joints when flare-ups do occur.

Rheumatoid arthritis may affect the entire back, though the soft tissues of the neck are the most vulnerable to flare-ups of this condition.

Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis include medications, exercise, physical therapy, nutrition and diet, and possibly alternative therapies. Surgery may be considered to for conditions related to degenerative of the joints, including immobility of the joints, spinal stenosis, and nerve root compression.