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Arthritis Care

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints (the points where bones meet) in one or more areas of the body. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, all of which have different causes and treatment methods. The most common form of arthritis in older adults is osteoarthritis. 

Osteoarthritis is a painful problem with the joints. Healthy joints help your body move, bend, and twist. Knees glide up and down stairs without creaking or crunching. Hips move you along on a walk without a complaint. But when you have arthritis, such simple, everyday movements can hurt. Using the stairs can be painful. Walking a few steps, opening a door, and even combing your hair can be hard.

If you’re experiencing difficulty with your joints, talk to your primary care provider about referral to a rheumatology or physical therapy specialist at St. Luke’s.
 

Highlights & Resources

  • Blog Post

    St. Luke's Doing Trailblazing Work in Treatment of Juvenile and Adult Arthritis

  • Article

    Coping With Osteoarthritis

  • Article

    Osteoarthritis: Exercising With Arthritis

  • Article

    Quick Tips: Modifying Your Home and Work Area When You Have Arthritis

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