Common diseases & risk factors

Avi Medical helps you with arthritis

Arthritis is a disorder associated with painful inflammation of the joints. However, early diagnosis and targeted treatment effectively combats the symptoms in the long term. Our experienced doctors accompany you in this process at all our locations .

What is arthritis?

In medicine, arthritis is understood to be a variety of different clinical pictures that trigger joint inflammation with pain and joint swelling. These are divided into infectious arthritis (triggered by bacteria) and chronic arthritis (triggered by disorders of the immune system or metabolism). The most important types of arthritis are:

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • reactive arthritis
  • Gout
  • bacterial arthritis
  • septic arthritis
  • Spondyloarthritis
  • Arthritis in the context of collagenoses and vasculitides (rheumatological diseases)

At what point is it arthritis?

For a definite diagnosis of arthritis, the following values must be proven by laboratory tests:  

  • Very high inflammation parameters in the blood
  • Exclusion of other diseases by X-ray
  • Bacteria and inflammatory cells in the joint punctate

What are the triggers of arthritis?

Triggers of arthritis include: 

  • For rheumatoid arthritis, spondylarthritis, collagenoses and vasculitides: autoimmune, rheumatological diseases.
  • In bacterial and septic arthritis: colonisation by germs from the outside (e.g. through an accident) or "washed up" with the blood (e.g. in gonorrhoea or Lyme disease). 
  • In the case of reactive arthritis: bacterial infections (often gastrointestinal or "bladder infection germs") on the basis of a pre-existing rheumatological disease.

What are the possible symptoms of arthritis?

The typical accompanying symptoms of arthritis are joint pain that is mainly felt in the morning and also persists at rest. The pain improves with movement or exposure to cold.

Treatment of arthritis at Avi Medical

The first step in the comprehensive treatment of your arthritis is the diagnosis. In the course of this, the specific type of arthritis is determined. This is followed by a targeted therapy suitable for the form of the joint inflammation. This includes: 

  • Immobilisation and cooling
  • for bacterial arthritis: antibiotic therapy
  • for reactive arthritis: cortisone preparations
  • anti-inflammatory painkillers
  • in hospital: surgical rehabilitation of the joints

The therapy at Avi Medical is also supplemented with physiotherapy as part of the aftercare