Lyme disease is an illness spread through ticks’ saliva. If a tick bites you, bacteria in the saliva enters your bloodstream, increasing your risk of Lyme disease.
When there is a delay in treatment, the bacteria may settle into the joints, leading to a special type of arthritis. In fact, 6 out of 10 people who do not receive timely treatment for Lyme disease develop arthritis.
At Aurora Health Care, our experts quickly and accurately diagnose arthritis after Lyme disease using blood tests and a physical exam. In most cases, you’ll receive care from a primary care doctor or arthritis expert (rheumatologist). But if the arthritis is advanced, an orthopedic specialist may be involved in your care. Learn more about how orthopedics and primary care work together for your care at Aurora.
Most people can make a full recovery after simple treatments, like antibiotics. But if your body needs help to heal, we offer treatments like physical therapy and minimally invasive surgery if others don’t work.
At, Aurora Health Care, our team of more than 80 orthopedic specialists has years of experience and training caring for people with joint pain and other problems, like arthritis. This has led to fast and accurate diagnoses for the people we treat so they can return to their busy lifestyles.
Highlights of our program also include:
Joints are complex structures that connect bones to each other. These structures also make it possible to twist, bend and move your body. Arthritis happens when inflammation affects joint functioning.
The symptoms of arthritis after Lyme disease often come on suddenly and may include:
Our arthritis and joint pain experts use blood tests and a physical exam to accurately diagnose arthritis after Lyme disease.
Our expertise from treating a large number of people with arthritis helps us distinguish between Lyme-related arthritis and other forms of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis. This level of expertise helps you get the treatments you need as quickly as possible.
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Most people feel better with the help of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications. However, as many as 1 in 10 people continue having symptoms.
When you come to Aurora, you are not out of options. Our orthopedic experts can offer additional treatments to help you get lasting relief.
Additional treatments for arthritis after Lyme disease include: