Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus and osteoporosis are some of the most common progressive orthopedic diseases. Conemaugh Health System offers extensive treatment and diagnostic options to those who suffer from these conditions.
Our orthopedic teams use several diagnostic tools to identify and evaluate the scope of progressive diseases. These can include but are not limited to CT scans, DEXA bone densitometry scans and sophisticated magnetic imaging resonance (MRI) scans performed at Memorial Medical Center or Laurel Highlands Advanced Imaging in Richland.
Treatment options vary based on the progression and extent of the disease. These can include rest, anti-inflammatory or disease-modifying medications, physical therapy sessions specifically designed for arthritic patients, aquatic therapy, and/or physician-supervised exercise programs. Specific osteoporosis prevention and treatment programs are also available through the John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute. When these treatment options are no longer effective, physicians may recommend joint replacement surgery.