Arthritis is inflammation (irritation, soreness and swelling) that affects a joint. It causes cartilage – the smooth coating that protects the ends of bones – to break down.
Arthritis can cause joint pain, stiffness and swelling. It most often affects the fingers, wrists, hips and knees, but it can affect any joint where bones meet because cartilage is worn.
Nearly one in four adults have been diagnosed with arthritis , which can affect young people, too. We treat all types of arthritis, so that you can continue to work, play and enjoy life.
Arthritis is all about the body’s joints – an area where our team has particular expertise. People choose to see Aurora’s experts for arthritis care because we offer:
Most often, arthritis causes painful, stiff joints that are hard to move. Other symptoms include:
Doctors have identified dozens of types of arthritis. There are two main types that cause problems that may require orthopedic treatment:
When you see a doctor for arthritis-related joint pain, we’ll review your medical history and symptoms. We might also:
After your initial evaluation, we may need to collect more information about how the joint is working. We might get this information from:
Learn more about orthopedic diagnosis.
The right arthritis treatment for you will depend on what type of arthritis you have and how severe it is. Our doctors will clearly explain your treatment options and create a care plan that’s right for you.
Often, lifestyle changes and simple procedures can provide pain relief and reduce stress on your joints. We may recommend arthritis treatments like:
If nonsurgical solutions don’t resolve your arthritic pain or movement problems, we also offer surgical procedures including joint replacement, minimally invasive arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction. Our surgical treatments include: