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Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. The joint becomes inflamed, swollen and painful. If you're living with a type of arthritic, rheumatic or collagen-vascular disorder such as lupus, scleroderma or rheumatoid arthritis, our highly trained physicians will provide you with comprehensive, private and personalized care.

Jefferson Health has a multidisciplinary team of rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists (rehabilitation physicians), therapists, pain management specialists and radiologists that can diagnose and treat your arthritis.

Diagnosing & Treating Arthritis of the Hands, Wrist & Elbows

Common locations for arthritis in the hand are in the base of the palm on the thumb side as well as in the fingers. Patients with arthritis of the hands will usually say they have pain turning keys in doors, opening jars and heavy gripping activities.

Arthritis also commonly occurs at the wrist and can be debilitating for people who rely on strength of their hand and wrist to perform their jobs.

The elbow, although a less common location for arthritis, can be very debilitating. It can progress and lead to considerable pain.

At Jefferson Health, our orthopedic surgeons who specialize in the hands, wrists and elbows will evaluate your condition and recommend the best treatment option, whether nonsurgical (medications, cortisone injections, rest, etc.) or surgical (joint fusion or join replacement and reconstruction).

Diagnosing & Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

A chronic autoimmune disease that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.

If you or your primary care physician believe you have rheumatoid arthritis, Jefferson Health's highly respected rheumatologists offer the latest methods for diagnosis, management and treatment, including blood tests, medication, therapy, exercise and surgery.

Chronic Pain Management & Counseling for Arthritic Conditions

For chronic pain management and counseling, Jefferson Health's pain management-trained anesthesiologists, psychologists and nurses offer the latest advances in both technological and psychological treatments. We provide you with a comprehensive, pain-focused evaluation and offer leading-edge treatments such as nerve root block therapy, long-term intraspinal infusions and radiofrequency neurotomy.

Alternative Therapies for Arthritis

As a complement to more traditional therapies, an integrative approach can be an additional solution for unresolved pain complaints and to improve strength and functional mobility. The Jefferson Health Marcus Institute of Integrative Health team offers many unique therapies, such as homeopathic bee venom injections, as well as a variety of manual medicine modalities.