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Arthritis and Autoimmune Disorders

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Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints usually accompanied by pain, swelling, stiffness and limited movement. It is the number one cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 37 million people in America.

More than 100 different diseases are classified as arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus and fibromyalgia. A person diagnosed with a form of arthritis often experiences symptoms that come and go over the course of this life-long disease. The goal of treating arthritis is to control the pain and minimize joint damage.

Virtua offers inpatient and outpatient arthritis services including medical and surgical intervention, physical and occupational therapy and year-round community education.

Virtua offers several arthritis and joint replacement programs to provide relief to those who have arthritis.

Total joint replacement options

If an individual’s knee or hip is severely damaged by arthritis, then surgery may be an option. Virtua’s Total Joint Replacement Program includes:

  • Advanced surgical, nursing and rehabilitative care
  • An international teaching center for minimally invasive knee replacement
  • Board-certified surgeons who perform thousands of total joint replacements each year
  • The surgeon you choose is the surgeon who cares for you before, during and after surgery for truly personalized care

Virtua also offers the following surgical options:

  • Total hip replacements, traditional and minimally invasive surgery
  • Same-day knee replacement surgery
  • Knee replacements specially designed for women
  • Partial knee replacements
  • Traditional total knee replacements

For more information on Virtua's arthritis-related classes, programs or events, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).

A team approach

Virtua rheumatologists and orthopedic specialists are board-certified and have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles, and bones. A team approach is essential because many arthritic conditions are chronic. Virtua rheumatologists and orthopedic specialists consult with a variety of physicians on behalf of the patient because the diseases they treat involve many systems of the body. They have ongoing communication with the following:

  • Primary care physicians
  • Cardiologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Orthopedic physicians
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Endocrinologists

The team also has access to Virtua's advanced diagnostic imaging services. Through sophisticated technology and a dedicated and talented team of medical professionals, Virtua delivers the highest standard of care.