What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is when there is pain and inflammation in one or more of the joints which causes limited movement. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the normal wearing down of the cartilage in a joint. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the lining of the joint.

Symptoms of Arthritis may include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the joints
  • Swelling in one or more joints
  • Continuing or recurring pain or tenderness in a joint
  • Difficulty using or moving a joint
  • Warmth and/or redness in a joint

How does Christian Hospital Diagnose Arthritis?

Treatment for arthritis depends on the type of arthritis and the severity of symptoms.

Christian Hospital’s arthritis treatment options include medication, physical therapy and joint replacement or joint fusion surgery.

For information on arthritis treatment, call Christian Hospital at 314.747.9355 or toll-free at 877.747.9355 or email us.