Alternate Names : Joint Inflammation
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Following sports safety guidelines for children, adolescents, and adults may help prevent some joint damage. Injuries and infections should be treated promptly. For example, a severe
ankle sprain that is not properly splinted may lead to osteoarthritis. Untreated gonococcal infections may lead to infectious arthritis.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
If the arthritis progresses, joint function may keep declining. The
person will have more joint
pain, stiffness, and swelling. The amount and rate of decline
depend on the type of arthritis and how well the available treatments work.
What are the risks to others?
Arthritis is not contagious. It poses no risk to others. If the arthritis is caused by an infection, such as gonorrhea, the infection may be contagious.