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Arthritis is the medical term used to describe a disease affecting the cartilage within any joint in the human body. In other words, it is not a bone or ligament problem, but a condition in which the protective cartilage on the end of a bone that allows bones to move in relation to one another breaks down. As the cartilage becomes more diseased, a patient may begin to experience pain and stiffness in the affected joint. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help!
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“I had severe arthritis in my right knee and when I arrived at Dr. Kaper’s office without the ability to bend my knee. I had prior knee surgeries without good results and was anxious about having another one. After many years of pain, I woke up from surgery and the pain was gone... I am so grateful to Dr. Kaper and his amazing team for my great results.”
“Dr. Kaper quickly assessed the problem and laid out a course of action and got me back on my feet within less time than I could have imagined. I am very grateful to have had Dr. Kaper as my surgeon and coach, who made it possible for me to resume a normal life and enjoy the activities in my community.
Types of Arthritis
In OA, the cartilage protecting the bones of a joint wears down over time. OA is, therefore, commonly known as the “wear and tear” disease because it occurs much more frequently in older patients.
The formation of rheumatoid nodules under the skin is usually indicative of RA, which tends to form over bony processes and frequently stressed joints. Although less frequent, RA can affect other parts of the body and cause subtle inflammation.
A less common form of arthritis is Juvenile Arthritis (JA), which mirrors the symptoms of arthritis but occurs in patients under the age of 18.
About Dr. Kaper
Dr. Kaper is one of the premier orthopedic surgeons in Arizona and the Southwest for hip, knee and shoulder replacement surgery. He has been in private practice in Arizona since 1999, having performed more than 10,000 surgeries. Combining minimally invasive therapies with highly advanced surgical techniques, Dr. Kaper is able to help patients quickly return to a full and active lifestyle.
State of the Art Technology
8000+ Successful Surgeries
Dr. Kaper specializes in the most advanced surgical equipment available to orthopedic surgeons. In recent years, surgical techniques using robotic assistance have been developed to provide a higher level of accuracy and precision.
Arthritis Treatment Options
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells help to create new cells in existing healthy tissues and may help to repair tissues in those structures that are injured or damaged.
Hyaluronic Acid Treatment
This treatment consists of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) gel injections given into an arthritic joint to help lubricate the joint itself.
Hip, knee, or shoulder joint replacement options are available to help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.