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Joint Replacement Surgery Program — Conditions We Treat

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Avascular necrosis (also called osteonecrosis) occurs when blood flow to bones in the joints is disrupted. Deprived of blood, the bone eventually starts to die and may eventually collapse.
  • Knee pain is one of the most common orthopedic problems for people of all ages. Knee pain is most often caused by overuse injuries such as tendonitis, bursitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome (“runner’s knee”) that produce inflammation (pain and swelling).
  • With osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis, the cartilage that cushions joints loses its elasticity and wears away in places. This makes the bones rub together, causing pain, stiffness and swelling. In addition to wear and tear, research by rheumatologists at Rush and other centers suggests that inflammation may contribute to the development of osteoarthritis.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in joints. As it progresses, RA can cause joint deformity and even lead to disability.