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Arthritis

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

More than 54 million Americans have arthritis, and about half of those have physical limitations because of it. For nearly 40 years, Wisconsin River Orthopaedics has relieved pain and restored lives with a comprehensive approach to orthopaedic care. The team includes experts in arthritis who provide non-surgical and surgical treatment options to alleviate pain and improve your quality of life. For expert arthritis care, call the office in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a medical term that describes joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. The joint condition can affect any joint in your body and worsens over time. For many, arthritis causes severe pain and limits mobility and quality of life.

Getting help from the orthopaedic team at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics during the early stages of arthritis may prevent or delay severe pain and disability.

What are the types of arthritis?

There are more than 100 conditions that cause arthritis. The most common include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It develops from the wearing away of the cartilage that separates the bones in the joint as you get older. 

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. People with rheumatoid arthritis develop joint pain and inflammation because their immune system attacks and destroys the lining of their joint capsule.

Psoriatic arthritis

Similar to rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune condition that occurs when the immune system attacks the connective tissue in the joint. 

Juvenile arthritis

Juvenile arthritis refers to joint pain and inflammation that affects children and young people. Juvenile arthritis may cause permanent joint damage, making it hard for children to engage in normal activities. 

What happens during an arthritis evaluation?

The team at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics takes a patient-centered approach to care. You can expect a thorough evaluation when you come in with concerns about arthritis.

Your provider reviews your symptoms, when they started, and how they’ve changed over time. They also perform a physical exam, paying close attention to the joints causing your pain.

To determine the type of arthritis and the severity of the joint damage, the team at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics runs diagnostic tests, such as blood work and imaging tests. 

How is arthritis treated?

Treatment for your arthritis is individualized and depends on the cause of your joint pain, the severity of your symptoms, and your physical limitations.

Initially, the team may take a conservative approach to care, recommending:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Disease-specific medications
  • Physical therapy or occupational therapy
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Weight loss
  • Activity modification
  • Joint injections


If you have severe joint damage from your arthritis and conservative measures fail to improve your quality of life, the team may recommend surgery at their on-site state-of-the-art, fully accredited surgery center. Surgical options for arthritis include joint replacement, joint repair, and joint fusion. 

Don’t let your arthritis keep you from doing what you love. Call Wisconsin River Orthopaedics or click the online booking button to schedule a consultation today.