Warning Signs & Symptoms

If a patient begins to feel pain and stiffness anywhere in their body or to have trouble moving around, it could be arthritis. Most kinds of arthritis cause pain and swelling in the joints. Over time, a swollen joint can become severely damaged. Some kinds of arthritis can also cause problems in the organs, like the eyes or skin. Osteoarthritis is related to aging or injury. Rheumatoid arthritis can occur when the immune system, which is supposed to protect the body from infection, attacks its own tissues.


Patients can treat some cases of arthritis with joint arthroscopy. Click on the procedure to find out more information, including an overview of the procedure, what to expect and how to prepare.

Joint Arthroscopy: Knee, Shoulder and Ankle


There are ways to help prevent arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend:


Every patient’s rehabilitation program will be different, but the purpose is to help maintain and improve the strength and flexibility of the joint, recover from joint surgery and maintain a range of motion. Patients can expect to follow any combination of rest, stretching, strength training, pool therapy, exercise and joint stabilization.