Published: Nov. 11, 2010
Updated: Nov. 11, 2010
Arthritis is really a myriad of different diseases that can affect many different joints or only a few.
Most types of arthritis can be diagnosed with a combination of patient history, physical examination, and x-rays. Blood work may also be necessary.
A team approach is used for patients with arthritis who need a total joint replacement.
Expert rheumatologists help guide the non-operative treatment and provide access to the latest in medical therapy. Compassionate nurses and physicians are available in the inpatient and outpatient setting to make your treatment as enjoyable as possible.
Arthritis can be treated with several different means before surgery becomes necessary. Physical therapy, medications, weight control, activity modification, ambulatory support, and occasionally injections play a role in the non-operative treatment of many forms of arthritis.