Physiotherapy Treatment for Viral Arthritis in Edmonton

Welcoming all to Excelsior Physiotherapy's online information resource for patients on Viral Arthritis.

You might be already aware that a few viruses are responsible for causing inflammation and joint pain including feelings of warmth, redness, and swelling. Research is also conducted to determine whether the virus has a role in causing viral arthritis.

This informative guide will offer details on:

  • The way viral arthritis develops
  • How your physician will diagnose viral arthritis?
  • How this condition can be treated?


How Does Viral Arthritis Develop?

Viral infections will cause several kinds of illnesses in your body and when it is attacked by the immune system, the symptoms of the illness subside. However, in the case of viral arthritis, the response by your immune system towards the virus will cause swelling and pain. Sometimes, the joint might incur permanent damage.


Which Virus Is Responsible for Causing Viral Arthritis?

A lot of viruses are responsible for causing issues like joint pain and inflammation. Some of them are listed below.

2. Rubella

Rubella is a very infectious but mild viral disease that leads to joint pain in women. The symptoms of joint arthritis appear as rashes at the onset of the disease. The joints will not get inflamed but can be painful and stiff. The most affected parts are the elbows, ankles, wrists, knees, and hands. The rubella joint pain goes away in two weeks, but for some, it might last for a couple of years.  The vaccine for rubella also induces joint pain among 15% of the patients, including joint stiffness for 2 weeks.

3. Hepatitis B

The infection caused by Hepatitis B leads to liver inflammation and triggers arthritis on wither sides of your body. The knees and hands, shoulders, elbows, ankles, and wrists will also be affected. The onset of arthritis will be before jaundice caused by Hepatitis B along with severe joint pain.

4. Parvovirus B-19

Parvovirus B-19 is a commonly found virus affecting around 60% of the adults. It causes the development of the fifth disease, affecting the individuals by inflicting rashes all over their body and face. About 80% of the people with the fifth disease report joint aches in just 3 weeks after developing it. It can affect all major joints in the body which may last between a few weeks and a few years.


How Your Physician Will Diagnose Viral Arthritis?

There aren’t any specific tests to identify which type of viral arthritis you might have developed. The diagnosis by your physician will be based on the symptoms you might be experiencing, as X-rays or blood tests can’t help. In several cases, the diagnosis of viral arthritis will be performed after a series of tests to detect other conditions that turn negative and you have a medical history with the virus.


How Viral Arthritis Can Be Treated?

In several cases, viral arthritis will have a quick episode. Your medical professional might suggest some medications to ease the discomfort and pain. Sometimes, OTC drugs containing painkilling agents like NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or acetaminophen might help. Your physician might also suggest you use cold or hot packs on the painful and inflamed joints as well as enough rest.

You can also approach the medical team of Excelsior Physiotherapy with physiotherapists, massage therapists, and acupuncturists to get relief from arthritis pain and inflammation.

Excelsior Physiotherapy specializes in providing Physiotherapy Treatment for Viral Arthritis in Edmonton.

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