Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy

 

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure by which the internal structure of a joint is examined for diagnosis and/or treatment using a tube-like viewing instrument called an arthroscope. Typically, it is performed by orthopedic surgeons in an outpatient setting. When performed in the outpatient setting, patients can usually return home on the same day the procedure is completed.
 

Symptoms

The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints. Depending on the type of arthritis you have, your signs and symptoms may include:

  • Pain 
  • Stiffness 
  • Swelling 
  • Redness 
  • Decreased range of motion 

Arthritis may be accompanied by other worrisome, more advanced symptoms, such as:

  • Fever 
  • Unexplained weight loss 
  • Severe swelling in the joint 
  • Difficulty moving the joint at all 
  • Severe joint pain without recent injury to it 
  • Joint pain that lasts for longer than three days 
  • Significant heat or redness in the joint 
  • A rash on the skin 
  • Difficulty in breathing 
  • Fatigue
     

Risk Factors

  • Family history 
  • Age 
  • Previous joint injury 
  • Obesity
     

Prevention

  • Drink plenty of water 
  • Superfruits, which mostly refer to deep-colored berries and other richly colored fruits, contain high amounts of antioxidants (substances that protect your cells from the effects of free radicals) 
  • Increase your calcium intake 
  • Increase your vitamin intake 
  • Maintain your weight 
  • Exercise regularly with both cardiovascular and light weightlifting exercises 
  • Practice yoga or simple stretching 
  • Treat injuries adequately 
  • Reduce repetitive motions in your daily life 
  • Quit smoking 
  • Avoid excess alcohol consumption
     

It's important to see a doctor who can not only diagnose arthritis- or any other condition causing your symptoms and joint pain - but also one who can pinpoint exactly what type of arthritis you have. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, all with different causes and treatment recommendations. So it's important to have a thorough examination and appropriate diagnostic tests to determine what exactly is causing your pain.
Be prepared to give your doctor specific details about your joint pain - when it strikes, how it feels, how severe it is, what seems to affect it - for a head start on getting an appropriate diagnosis and the relief you need.

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