Arthritis Treated by Board Certified Surgeons at Mercy

The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy

At The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy Medical Center, our doctors specialize in the diagnosis of arthritis in the upper extremities. Patients from the Baltimore region seek Mercy's surgeons' expertise in treating arthritis of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.

About the Condition

Arthritis is caused by inflammation in joints. Arthritis can occur due to swelling of the joint lining or damage to the cartilage. Common forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, ankle, knee and hip are typical locations for arthritis to develop.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Arthritis symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Limited range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Instability or weakness
  • Locking or catching

A diagnosis of arthritis can be made by an orthopedic specialist during a physical exam. X-rays may be taken to confirm the diagnosis and view the severity of joint damage due to the arthritis. 

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Treatment Options

Often non-surgical treatment options are tried first to help relieve arthritis symptoms. These non-surgical treatments for arthritis include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Rest or activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Corticosteroid injection

Surgery becomes a treatment option when non-surgical options are not providing arthritis relief. Surgical treatments for arthritis include:

Meet Our Doctors: Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist & Hand Center
Dr. Kamala Littleton, Orthopedic Surgeon
Kamala Littleton, M.D.

Dr. Kamala Littleton specializes in joint replacement and reconstruction for the hip, knee and shoulder. Her areas of expertise include anterior hip replacement, MAKO knee resurfacing, minimally invasive total knee replacement and ACL reconstruction.

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