Traumatic Arthritis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Traumatic Arthritis – An Overview

Traumatic arthritis, also known as ‘post-traumatic arthritis’ is a condition in which one of the main joints in the body suffers from a traumatic physical injury. This injury, if it results in any form of damage to the supporting cartilage or bone of the joint, or if it affects the normal functioning of the joint, results in ‘traumatic arthritis’.

This medical condition, if left untreated for long and used as it is, can cause the damage to worsen and wear out the soft tissue and the bones completely.

Symptoms of Traumatic Arthritis

There are a number of visible symptoms that can be seen in case a person is suffering from post-traumatic arthritis, such as:

  • Swelling
  • Joint pain
  • Fluid accumulation in joint
  • Difficulty in performing activities with the injured joint 

Diagnosing Traumatic Arthritis

The initial diagnosis for a suspected case of post-traumatic arthritis is usually a complete physical examination. This is followed by a thorough check of your medical history to determine any underlying medical disorder that might be causing the joint problem.

If the doctor suspects the development of post-traumatic arthritis, then they will usually recommend imaging tests such as x-ray, CT scan or MRI scan to determine the exact location and severity of the arthritis.

Traumatic Arthritis Treatment

The doctor will usually suggest non-surgical treatment methods for treating post-traumatic arthritis initially. These may include, weight loss, low-impact exercises as well as strengthening the joint muscles.

The doctor might also suggest non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce the swelling. The doctor can also choose to use cortisone injections to allow lubrication and cushioning between the affected joint. These measures are basically to aid in healing the mildly affected joint naturally.

In cases where the above-mentioned non-surgical treatment methods for post-traumatic arthritis are not successful in treating the condition the doctor may suggest surgery to treat the condition.

There are a few commonly-followed post-traumatic arthritis treatment methods, such as:

  • Debridement – Cleaning out the debris (broken bone and tissue parts) from the damaged joint to allow smooth movement of the joint without the debris to obstruct it.
  • Reconstruction – This method involves using surgical methods to access the affected joint and reconstructing the joint components so as to allow normal functioning of the joint.
  • Replacement – In this form of post-traumatic arthritis surgical treatment the surgeon will use artificially-made prosthesis to be replaced for the affected joint. This allows the person to resume normal activities faster. 

Risks associated with Traumatic Arthritis Treatment

The treatment methods for post-traumatic arthritis can rarely give rise to complications.

Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may cause:

  • Stomach irritation
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems

The cortisone injections can also rarely cause the heart rate to increase along with the blood sugar level in the body and should not be frequently used.

The surgical procedure itself carries certain risks, such as:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Nerve damage
  • Blood vessel (vascular) damage
  • Bone damage
  • Dislocation or damage to the implant after surgery

The doctor will take every possible precaution to avoid these risks and complications from arising.

Recovery after Post-Traumatic Arthritis Surgery

Most people are able to achieve relief from pain and improvement in functioning as soon as the swelling and the numbness in the operated joint returns to normal levels. The person is usually able to resume normal everyday activities around 2-3 weeks after the surgery if the operation has been performed on a major joint (hip or knee).

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