WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?
Arthritis is any inflammation of the joints that may lead to swelling, stiffness and pain. There are multiple forms of Arthritis. Esse Health Orthopedics will diagnose the type of Arthritis you have and provide treatment options for Arthritis of the upper and lower extremities. Common forms of Arthritis include Osteoarthritis ("wear and tear" leading to joint damage), Gout (a build-up of uric acid forming crystals in the joints) and Inflammatory Arthritis which includes Rheumatoid Arthritis (when a patient's immune system attacks the lining of the joints).
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms may include joint stiffness, redness, swelling or pain leading to decreased mobility or stability.
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
Your Esse Health Orthopedic Team will evaluate your symptoms, take a full medical history and may request X-rays, blood tests or other special testing to make a definitive diagnosis.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Treatment options may include physical therapy and the use of supportive equipment (canes and walkers) or pain and disease-progression management through oral or injected medications. Depending upon the diagnosis and the extent of the joint damage, surgery may be recommended.
Although Esse Health Orthopedics does not perform neck or back surgeries, your Esse Health doctor can provide a referral.