What are calcium crystal diseases?
Deposits of calcium crystals can cause sudden attacks of painful inflammation in and around your joints. Read more
What are the symptoms of calcium crystal diseases?
The two most common types of calcium crystal disease are acute CPP crystal arthritis (pseudogout), which most commonly affects the knee, and acute calcific tendinitis (acute periarthritis), which most commonly affects the shoulder. Read more
Who gets calcium crystal diseases?
The two main types of crystal arthritis tend to affect different age groups, although both affect men and women equally. Read more
What causes calcium crystal diseases?
Calcium crystal diseases can be caused by chemical imbalances, changes in cartilage, injury, fever or stress to your body, or your immune system’s response to the crystals. Read more
How are calcium crystal diseases diagnosed?
To determine a diagnosis of calcium crystal disease, your doctor will probably need to carry out tests to rule out other conditions. Read more
What treatments are there for calcium crystal diseases?
Attacks of inflammation caused by calcium crystals will clear up by themselves, but drug treatments can help with the pain and inflammation and reduce the length of the attack. Read more
Self-help and daily living for calcium crystal diseases
Exercising little and often, eating a well-balanced diet and applying an ice pack to the affected joint will help ease the symptoms of calcium crystal diseases. Read more
Is osteoarthritis with calcium crystals different from osteoarthritis without calcium crystals?
Many people with osteoarthritis have calcium pyrophosphate crystals in their affected joint cartilage, often in the knee, and this tends to make the osteoarthritis more severe. Read more