We found 4 providers with an interest in arthritis near Grand Junction, CO.

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Dr. Christopher John Copeland, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2373 G Road; Suite 100
Grand Junction, CO
 

Dr. Chris Copeland is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include knee problems, foot problems, and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Copeland honors AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Dr. Steven J Heil, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
627; 25 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO
 

Dr. Steven Heil sees patients in Grand Junction, CO. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Heil takes Medicare insurance. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan.

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Dr. Jeffrey M Nakano, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
627; 25 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO
 

Dr. Jeffrey Nakano specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Grand Junction, CO. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. These areas are among Dr. Nakano's clinical interests: knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and arthritis. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Nakano is professionally affiliated with St. Mary's Hospital.

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All Interests: Knee Problems, Hip Problems, Arthritis, Replacement Arthroplasty, Fractures, Trauma

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
627; 25 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO
 

Dr. Mark Luker is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Luker include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Luker at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Medicare insurance.

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All Interests: Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Health, Arthritis, Shoulder Problems, Replacement ... (Read more)

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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a painful disease of the joints. There are many different kinds of arthritis with various causes, but they all lead to pain and inflammation of joints such as the hip, knee, or wrist. Arthritis affects people of all ages, races, and genders, but it is more common in women and older people. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

Symptoms of arthritis include swelling, pain, and stiffness. They can occur in a single joint or throughout the body. It is common for symptoms to come and go, known as flares. In some kinds of arthritis, flares may be caused by specific triggers, such as exercise, stress, or an allergic reaction.

By far the two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis happens when wear and tear on joints breaks down the cartilage between two moving bones. In a healthy person, cartilage cushions and lubricates the bones so they can glide over each other as they move. When the cartilage becomes thin or tears, the ends of bones rub and cause pain. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s own immune system becomes confused and attacks joint cartilage, weakening it and causing inflammation.

Treatment for arthritis depends on the specific type, but it may include:
  • Avoiding arthritis triggers
  • Hot or cold therapy, such as ice or hot packs
  • Oral or injected medications, such as corticosteroids, NSAIDs, and biologics
  • Physical therapy and gentle exercises
  • Surgery to repair or replace damaged joints

In many types of arthritis, early treatment can prevent more serious damage to your joints, keeping your symptoms in check. Whatever stage you are in, help exists to let you stay active and manage pain. There are many options to get you moving again.
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