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 Arthritis and Joint Integration Program

The Arthritis and Joint Integration Program at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center provides comprehensive, rehabilitative care for people with arthritis, joint pain or joint replacement. Our individualized care programs focus on pain relief, improved movement and increased strength and flexibility for the highest level of function and independence. The rehabilitation staff works closely with Ohio State's Department of Orthopaedics to meet the needs of patients with arthritis and joint problems.

In certain cases, your care provider may recommend a surgical procedure such as total or partial joint replacement (removing all or part the damaged joint and replacing it with a new one) if your arthritis-related joint pain is not relieved by nonsurgical methods.

With every person, our goal is to get you to a level of function that gives you the ability to perform at your job and the most independence in your activities outside of work and at home.

Our Patients

We treat patients from young adults to the elderly with arthritis and related disorders, such as:

  • Osteoarthritis (inflammation of the joints)
  • Post-traumatic arthritis (arthritis due to an injury)
  • After arthroscopy surgery (procedure used to diagnose and treat problems in joints) or arthroplasty (surgery to relieve pain and restore range of motion by realigning or reconstructing a joint)
  • Before and after joint replacement or repair
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints)
  • Fibromyalgia (chronic condition involving widespread muscle and bone pain)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine)
  • Gout (form of arthritis that causes swollen, red, stiff joints)
  • Lupus (chronic inflammatory disease where the body's immune system attacks healthy cells and tissue)
  • Scleroderma (progressive disease that involves hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissue)

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

Our state-of-the-art rehabilitative programs are designed to help improve arthritis-related joint pain, stiffness and limitations in movement. There are many reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • You receive an evaluation according to your needs which guides your personalized program.
  • Our programs consistently meet or exceed national standards on patient satisfaction and expectations of treatment outcomes as measured by Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO). This organization has the largest outcomes database for rehabilitation.
  • We are able to offer you three disciplines of therapy — physical, occupational and speech — during the same visit.
  • We coordinate care for patients who come to us from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation with joint issues aggravated or accelerated by work injuries.
  • Our newly remodeled facility at Ohio State University Hospital East features a fully functional kitchen, bathroom and living space for patients to practice cooking, cleaning and other activities.
  • The Ohio State University Medical Center Orthopaedics Program is ranked by U.S.News & World Report as one of the premier sites in the country for orthopaedic surgery.
  • Since The Ohio State University Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.

Our Services

The Arthritis and Joint Integration Program offers rehabilitation services to help you at each phase of your rehabilitation – from services offered in the hospital (known as inpatient services) to those offered after returning home (known as outpatient services). These services offer a continuum of care to help achieve your highest level of recovery.

Your Treatment Plan

Following a physician's referral, your arthritis/joint rehabilitation may include:

  • An evaluation of your movement and function
  • Exercises to control joint pain and swelling, and to protect your joints from further damage
  • Exercises to improve strength, movement, control and fitness
  • Therapeutic joint mobilization techniques
  • Recommendations for adaptive equipment that can protect your joints
  • Instructions about how to perform activities of daily living safely
  • Mobility training (walking, stair climbing, moving from place to place)
  • Pain management through appropriate activity and modalities, such as heat and cold therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit
  • Patient support and education

Your Treatment Team

Your customized treatment plan is implemented by a team of specialists who may include:

  • Orthopaedic surgeons (specialize in surgery for muscular and skeletal conditions)
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians/physiatrists (specialize in helping people regain body functions lost due to medical conditions or injuries)
  • Rheumatologists (specialize in treating arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones)
  • Physical therapists (specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility)
  • Occupational therapists (specialize in improving patients' ability to complete activities of daily living)
  • Speech-language pathologists (specialize in helping patients improve communication, cognition and swallowing)
  • Social workers (specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients)
  • Psychologists (specialize in clinical psychology, counseling or guidance)

Care Locations

Additional Specialized Services

Your rehabilitation team may recommend additional rehab services that may include:

Additional Resources


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