What is inflammatory arthritis?

Inflammatory arthritis is an umbrella term for a range of different conditions. These include axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

How is inflammatory arthritis diagnosed?

Inflammatory arthritis is characterised by inflammation of the joints and often other tissues. It's best to seek medical advice if you experience persistent pain, swelling or stiffness in your joints. Depending on the particular form of inflammatory arthritis, a diagnosis will most likely be based upon your symptoms, a physical examination and the results of x-rays, scans and blood tests.

Are there different types of inflammatory arthritis?

Yes, there are many types of inflammatory arthritis such as, axial spondyloarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Is inflammatory arthritis the same as osteoarthritis?

Inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis have similar symptoms such as sore and stiff joints, but they are separate conditions. Inflammatory arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes the joints to become inflamed. Osteoarthritis, however, is caused by a build up of damage around joints that can’t be repaired by the body.

Is there a cure for inflammatory arthritis?

Currently there’s no cure for inflammatory arthritis, but there are treatments available to help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.

Can I pass my inflammatory arthritis onto my children?

You may be worried about passing on your disease. There is a possibility it can be inherited, but in many cases the condition is not passed on. The way your disease is inherited is complex. The risk of passing on the disease varies on your specific condition. For RA, this is between 1 in 30 to 1 in 100. For PsA it is about 1 in 30 and for AS/axSpA it is between 1 in 6 to 1 in 10.