Reactive arthritis differs from other types of arthritis. While the symptoms of reactive arthritis present a manner similar to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, the causes are unique. Reactive arthritis is not a degenerative joint condition; that is, once the cause heals, the symptoms and the condition usually fade. A physician can help you determine the difference between reactive arthritis and other types, and then help you with a treatment plan to eliminate the cause of your reactive arthritis.
Reactive arthritis was formerly known as Reiter's syndrome and is characterized by inflammation of the eyes, urethra, and joints. The knees and joints of the ankles and feet are most commonly affected. Reactive arthritis is quite rare. For most people, signs and symptoms like those above can flare up and then go away, but an episode of reactive arthritis usually lasts less than twelve months.
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