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Osteoarthritis of the Acromioclavicular Joint - Shoulder

While Osteoarthritis is a condition most people are likely to suffer from if they live long enough, it is rare in the shoulder joint. As a “wear and tear” type illness it tends to affect weight bearing joints, (hips, spine and knees). But you may get it in the shoulder if you damaged it when you were younger. What happens is that the lining of your joints, once hard and shiny and an excellent gliding surface, begins to wear, crack and erode until the lining is gone and bone rubs directly off bone.

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Tags: Shoulder, Arthritis, Neck / Shoulder problems, Osteoarthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition that causes the body to attack itself. The lining of the joints are the first to be affected becoming hot and swollen, with the protective coverings of the joints and ligaments being worn down. Usually, a number of joints are involved at the same time; most likely to suffer are the hands, wrists, feet, knees and elbows. It can also affect other parts of the body, including the heart. Nobody is sure what causes the disease, but it often comes in phases that can ease up after a few months or years.

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Tags: Whole Body, Shoulder, Arms, Hands, Wrists, Legs, Arthritis, Neck / Shoulder problems, Rheumatoid Arthritis

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