Dr Vivian Bykerk listed different types of inflammatory arthritis:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Reactive arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)
- Calcium pyrophosphate dehydrate deposition disease (CPPD)
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR).
“In a healthy person, inflammation is a limited and ultimately helpful response to fight off a foreign substance,” Dr Bykerk began.
“Once the infection or virus has been eliminated, inflammation and the swelling, heat and tenderness that comes with it resolves.
“In a person with inflammatory arthritis, the immune response has ‘gone wrong’,” she explained.