There are nearly 100 different types of arthritis, but physicians often refer to two main categories: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage – the surface that cushions the ends of the bones – wears away over time, and bone rubs against bone. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the lining of the joints. Either condition can cause pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving the joints. 
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Arthritis can affect any joint in your body. Though people of all ages can have arthritis, it is much more common in adults and occurs with greater frequency as people age. Exercise and weight loss can help relieve symptoms in many people. For mild cases, medications alone may reduce swelling and pain. For more severe cases of arthritis, surgery may be needed.

Our Approach

M Health Fairview physicians provide the most up-to-date, effective treatments for various forms of arthritis, from rheumatoid arthritis to more obscure forms of the disease, including Lyme arthritis. The care team at our Orthopedic Clinic is dedicated to delivering excellent care, innovative research and meaningful educational programs for all of our patients with arthritis.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Frequently performed arthritis-related procedures include:

Joint Replacement (Arthroplasty)

Arthroplasty is a surgical procedure to restore the function of a joint. When there is a loss of the cartilage or cushion in a joint, often from arthiritis, arthroplasty may be prescribed. A joint can be restored by resurfacing the bones or an artificial joint may be recommended.
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Joint Surgery

Joints are subject to great stress as they bear weight and enable us to move freely. If it becomes necessary, surgeons can repair many joints in the body, including hips, knees, etc. Joint surgery can reduce pain, swelling, and stiffness that limit mobility and interfere with everyday life.
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Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy is a frequently used procedure by orthopedic surgeons to examine, diagnose, and treat disorders inside a joint. Arthroscopic surgery is an option for a number of medical conditions, including: achilles tendonitis, arthritis, bone fracture, heel spur, herniated disc, and more.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Medical Management
  • Joint Fusion

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