Arthritis

Leading Arthritis Doctors in Baton Rouge

Doctor examining patient's elbow The Bone & Joint Clinic provides quality care for arthritic conditions caused by degenerative diseases or trauma. Our physicians are involved in continuing education throughout the United States to provide you with state-of-the-art care. All physicians at the Bone & Joint Clinic provide non-operative treatment for arthritis of the upper and lower extremities and spine.

Causes of arthritic conditions include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is a condition which affects the lining on the end of bones. The cartilage becomes worn and no longer allows smooth movement of the joint. The bony surfaces may touch, causing a grinding feeling. When this happens, pain, stiffness, swelling, and functional disability can result. Treatment options include splinting, cortisone injections, medication, and surgery.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease of the tissue (synovium) that lines the insides of joints. Synovium normally produces a slippery fluid that lubricates the joint. With this condition, however, the synovial lining is abnormal. It becomes thicker and secretes abnormally large amounts of poor quality fluid which also contains destructive enzymes that can dissolve bone, cartilage and tendons. The result is a joint that is inflamed, stiff and deformed.

Trauma-Related Arthritis

Trauma, such as a severe fall or accident may cause premature cartilage breakdown, severe pain and disability.