Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)

Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)

The most common type of arthritis is degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis (OA), a diagnosis that refers to joint pain and is commonly associated with aging. It can develop slowly and worsen over time until routine activities become very challenging. This disease commonly affects the knees, hips, lower back, along with smaller joints in the fingers and toes. Pain and swelling ensues when the protective layer of cartilage breaks down and bones begin to rub against one another. 

An accurate assessment of your arthritic symptoms is needed to correctly diagnose your source of pain. Our rheumatologists will discuss all of the necessary treatment routes with you to find the most fitting solution. If you have arthritis and want to get effective pain relief or want to get a detailed evaluation by one of our skillfully trained rheumatologists, schedule an appointment at your closest IBJI location today.

When Should You Seek Arthritis Treatment?

Arthritis will need treatment when chronic pain becomes too bothersome and begins to restrict joint movement. Arthritic symptoms can develop slowly in small joints of your hands and feet, and then spread throughout other areas of the body. Pinpointing the cause of your arthritis early is essential in your journey back to sufficient physical movement. The rheumatologists at IBJI can offer you treatment that is invaluable for mitigating symptoms. We can direct you in the right direction and coordinate a treatment plan that suits you best.

Osteoarthritis Treatment with Experts at IBJI

IBJI rheumatologists treat all patients with mild to severe arthritis. Specialized care is given to the individual corresponding with their osteoarthritic severity. A patient at any stage of osteoarthritis requires different treatment from the next. Our rheumatologists are well-versed in the best arthritis pain management techniques and, with your well-being in mind, will directly apply the best options to your treatment. IBJI has the tools and personnel to offer the best comprehensive care to our patients in the Chicago area. Trust IBJI’s medical expertise to relieve your osteoarthritis today. The correct treatment makes all the difference.


  • Pain during or after movement
  • Grinding or popping in the joint as it moves
  • Stiffness or weakness around the joint
  • Pain that worsens in humid/cold weather
  • Swelling or tenderness in the affected area
  • Loss of flexibility


  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Ultrasound-guided injections (steroid, gel/hyaluronic acid)
  • Physical therapy/rehabilitation
  • Braces/Orthotics
  • Pain management
  • Orthopedic surgery

Related Resources

Check out this collection of videos for more information about some of the most common problems that IBJI’s rheumatologists diagnose and treat.

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