Arthritis and Joint Conditions (Rheumatology)

Arthritis and Joint Care

Scripps Health understands how medical problems can affect your quality of life. Arthritis, or joint inflammation, is the leading disability for Americans over 55, and our programs recognize how debilitating these problems can be.

The most common forms of arthritis include:

Rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by swelling of the joint lining, as a result of the body’s own immune system attacking it by mistake.

Osteoarthritis is the condition resulting from deterioration of the cartilage between the ends of bones. The bone ends are left unprotected, and begin to rub against each other, causing pain and inflammation. Arthritis is most common in the hands and wrists, as well as in weight-bearing joints like the knees, and the spine.

Scripps Health offers the most current methods to diagnose, medicate and surgically treat joint conditions. Whole person therapies are also available to complement traditional care methods. All of our programs keep abreast of findings in musculoskeletal research.

Rheumatology care is available through Scripps Clinic and Scripps Coastal Medical Center.