Arthritis, or joint inflammation, is the leading disability for Americans over 55, and our rheumatology programs recognize how debilitating these muskuloskeletal conditions can be.
At Scripps Health, our rheumatology doctors offer 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 rheumatology programs keep abreast of the latest findings in musculoskeletal research.
The most common forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
What is 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.
What is osteoarthritis?
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.