Arthritis -- a painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints -- is actually a very complex set of musculoskeletal disorders. In fact, there are more than 80 forms of arthritis, several of which affect the knee.
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Knee problems are very common, and anyone can have them. Mechanical knee problems are caused by a direct blow or sudden movement that strains the knee, or osteoarthritis in the knee, resulting from wear and tear on the parts. Inflammatory knee problems can result from certain rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosis (lupus). These diseases cause swelling that can damage the knees permanently.
Our success with eliminating our patients' knee pain results from our multidisciplinary approach of including all areas that are involved in your care to develop a treatment plan just for you.
Myositis is an autoimmune muscle disease, where the immune system attacks its own tissue, causing inflammation in the muscles. This weakens the muscles over time and can cause pain. This chronic condition typically impacts the neck, shoulders, hips and back. The cause and the cure are elusive, but Michigan Medicine is making advances on the research front.
Our Division of Rheumatology offers consultations, patient care, diagnosis and management for rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.
The University of Michigan Health System diagnoses and treats all types of shoulder conditions, from acute injuries such as sprains to long-term degenerative issues. And we offer a variety of innovative surgical and non-surgical treatments that will be individualized for your specific needs.