For patients seeking a rheumatologist for osteoarthritis treatment, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston provides innovative and comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and management of osteoarthritis and other rheumatic diseases. From its origins as a teaching hospital for arthritis-related diseases, BWH has become a center for pioneering research and innovative therapeutics in osteoarthritis treatment.
With more than 27 million people in the U.S. affected by osteoarthritis, BWH recently launched a multidisciplinary effort dedicated to osteoarthritis treatment that promotes collaboration between clinicians and researchers from multiple disciplines to improve the diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis, to advance research on understanding joint degeneration, and to find new pathways to joint preservation.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a chronic joint disease that destroys cartilage and bones in the neck, lower back, knees, hips, shoulders and/or fingers. Symptoms include pain, stiffness and limited movement and the joints. While there is no known cause for osteoarthritis, risk factors include heredity, obesity, age, gender, muscle weakness, poor nutrition, and injury.
Osteoarthritis treatment at BWH
Physicians in the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy offer a broad spectrum of osteoarthritis treatment options. Nonsurgical options include:
Anti-inflammatory and pain medication, such as acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and other pain medications.
Injections of cortisone and viscosupplements, gel-like substances that act like natural joint fluids).
To make an appointment for consultation about osteoarthritis treatment, please call our new patient coordinators at 1-800-294-9999 or fill out an online appointment request form. You may also search for rheumatologists and other physicians using the Find a Doctor feature on the BWH website.