We’ve been treating arthritis at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center for more than 35 years and take a collaborative approach on behalf of our patients. Our board certified orthopedic surgeons work together with our specially trained therapists in order to develop a treatment program that is right for you.
Arthritis can often be treated conservatively, ranging from medication to splinting or therapy. In severe cases, however, surgery may be required to provide function and mobility to the affected joints. Because the hand is comprised of intricate bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves and blood vessels, it’s important to choose a surgeon who specializes in this type of surgery. Our surgeons perform hundreds of arthritis joint replacement surgeries each year and have expertise utilizing the most state-of-the-art surgery techniques available.
If you suffer from joint stiffness, swelling and pain debilitating enough to keep you from performing even the simplest everyday functions, you are not alone. Arthritis affects nearly one in every five adults in the U.S. Arthritis is a disease that irritates or destroys the joints. It can affect any joint in your body, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand and can be caused by a variety of factors. Trauma or injury, obesity, joint instability, immune system problems, inflammation and genetic predisposition are some of the most common. While arthritis is more common in older people, anyone can develop it, and it’s more common in women.
If you suffer from the signs and symptoms of arthritis including, hand numbness, swelling and stiffness, finger deformity or shoulder/elbow pain, we can help.
If you experience any of these signs and symptoms talk to your physician about the possibility that you may have arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition occurring with age or from an injury. In the hand the knuckles, fingers and base of the thumb are the most common areas affected, but this can also develop in the elbow and shoulder. In joints with osteoarthritis, the cartilage wears down, leaving the underlying bone surfaces to grind on each other.
Osteoarthritis may be treated conservatively with a combination of splints, therapy and medications to relieve pain and decrease joint inflammation. If these treatments fail, we may recommend surgery.
Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your body’s immune system attacks the lining of your joints and tendons. This causes pain, swelling and joint deformity. Because rheumatoid arthritis involves the body’s immune system, it can impact multiple joints in the upper extremity, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, however, the disease’s progress can be controlled with medications as well as cortisone injections. Splinting, light exercise and the use of adaptive devices may also be helpful. In some cases surgery is performed to correct deformities, relieve pain and improve function.
When you visit The Indiana Hand Center, please be prepared to provide the following information during your appointment:
If you or a family member currently has arthritis, discover small ways to make life a little easier – from modifying daily tasks to utilizing inexpensive devices making basic activities simpler.
The board certified orthopedic surgeons at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center are recognized across the country and around the world for performing joint replacement surgeries of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Our physicians have co-developed prosthetic devises widely utilized today in numerous upper extremity joint replacement procedures. They have also pioneered surgical techniques that are practiced and taught throughout the field of orthopedic medicine.
Our goal is to provide patients with effective treatment plans, ranging from conservative options to surgical intervention to relieve pain and regain normal functionality. The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center performs hundreds of joint replacement surgeries each year. Our team of orthopedic surgeons, certified therapists and nursing staff has the expertise needed to provide our patients with the latest technology and care required for successful outcomes.
Joint replacement surgery (known as arthroplasty) involves removing a damaged joint and replacing it with a new artificial joint called a prosthesis. Joint replacement in the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand is often performed to treat severe arthritis because it relieves pain and increases range-of-motion and function. It can also be utilized for joints destroyed by trauma or injury, severe fractures and for torn/deteriorated tendons and cartilage.
Our joint replacement expertise includes:
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