Since people can stay active later in life, the demand for arthritis treatment is increasing. Dr. Tadje and his team provide comprehensive treatment for arthritis of the hip and knee. These treatments include anti-inflammatory use, steroid injections, viscosupplementation (also called “rooster comb shots”), bracing, and surgery. It is our goal to provide you with the treatment you need, as well as education so you can understand how to best manage your arthritis.

As the cartilage that lines joints wears out with age, arthritis develops. Arthritis can cause joint stiffness and pain, which hinders people from participating in everyday activities. In the United States, more than 50 million adults suffer from some form of arthritis. Dr. Tadje is an arthritis specialist, and at Tadje Orthopaedics, we offer a wide range of treatment options, so you can find one that suits you and your family best.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a general term for a wearing down of the cartilage that lines joints. Several signs of arthritis are stiffness, pain, swelling, and loss of motion in joints. There are over 1,000 different types of arthritis that can affect nearly any join in your body. Some of the most common types of arthritis include degenerative, inflammatory, and post-traumatic arthritis.

Degenerative Arthritis: Also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, this is the most common form, and is the result of a lifetime of normal joint usage. As the cartilage layer wears out, a smooth joint lining is replaced with uneven cartilage and exposed bone, which produces pain, swelling, and stiffness. Common factors of degenerative arthritis are obesity, genetics, or a previous joint injury.

Inflammatory Arthritis:This form is a result of the immune system attacking healthy tissue, which can leave permanent damage. When the immune system targets the smooth, protective lining in joints, it causes mild to severe inflammation, which damages the cartilage and protective lining. This causes pain and discomfort. An example of this is rheumatoid arthritis.

Post-Traumatic:This form occurs from a previous injury, commonly seen in people that have been in a severe accident, such as a car accident. The injury damages the joint, leading to permanent disruption of the cartilage lining. However, it can also occur after less-severe injuries as well, including ACL tears, meniscal tears, dislocations, and fractures that involve joints. This type of arthritis is the second most common type of arthritis seen in Dr. Tadje’s office.

Arthritis treatment

Arthritis is not a pain you have to live with, which is why Boise arthritis specialist Dr. Tadje and his team have several treatment options for different types of shoulder, hip and knee arthritis.

Anti-Inflammatories are the go-to treatment for arthritis. This medication is non-steroidal, and helps reduce the chronic pain, swelling, and inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis. These treatments do not cure arthritis or slow down the disease, but make the condition easier to live with.

Steroid injections are directly injected into inflamed areas around the joint. They offer an alternative to oral and IV steroids, which have a harder time reaching the affected area.

Viscosupplementation is the process of injecting hyaluronic acid, a common substance in joints, into a target area. This lubricates the area and allows bones to move smoothly over each other. It also acts as a shock absorber for joints that are under pressure. This treatment is much less invasive than surgery, and is most commonly used for degenerative arthritis, or osteoarthritis.

Bracing can be used to move a joint back into its natural position. By repositioning the bone, pressure is removed from areas that have lost cartilage. This treatment relieves pain and helps regain motion.

Surgery is a final option, if conservative measures have been tried and are not effective. Sometimes minimally invasive treatments, like arthroscopy, can be used to treat arthritis. Often, the joint is worn out and a joint replacement is the best option. For this procedure, the lining of the joint is replaced with an artificial surface, usually made of metal and polyethylene.

Why Choose Tadje Ortho?

Dr. Jared Tadje is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, who specializes in ligament and tendon tears of the knee, shoulder, hip, and ankle, serving the greater Boise metropolitan area. He is trained in both operative and nonoperative procedures to manage and treat sports medicine injuries. He and his team are always ready to help you return to your active lifestyle, with as little downtime as possible. Tadje Orthopaedics strives to provide an exceptional level of service, so that you can leave the clinic with an understanding of your injury, clear idea of treatment options, and the confidence that you are in the right hands.