Dr. Dolf Ichtertz’s goal is to help people feel youthful and productive by preventing and eliminating painful or debilitating musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis. At the Nebraska Hand & Shoulder Institute, PC, Dr. Ichtertz has been innovative in developing better techniques for clinical diagnosis and treatment protocols. He holds the national record when compared to English medical literature for getting patients to return to work most promptly, keeping them on the job and maintaining the best outcome. Isn’t this the doctor you want in your corner? If you need treatment for Lincoln arthritis, Dr. Ichtertz is the doctor to see.
Two of the most prevalent types of arthritis we treat are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The common arthritis symptoms of pain and stiffness are usually caused by degenerative joint arthritis (osteoarthritis) while rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive disease with symptoms of tender, stiff, and swollen joints. RA often starts in smaller joints, like fingers, and gradually progresses to larger joint structures. Patients suffering from arthritis can benefit from many aspects of arthritis management. Our experts will treat your Lincoln arthritis pain and assist you with improved joint function, increased muscle strength, and an improved fitness level. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. It is a condition we have vast experience treating. OA can affect any joint, but it occurs most often in knees, hips, lower back and neck, small joints of the fingers and the bases of the thumb and big toe. In healthy joints, a firm, rubbery material called cartilage covers the end of each bone. This cartilage allows the joint to smoothly glide during movement and acts as a cushion between the bones. In OA, the cartilage breaks down, causing pain, swelling and problems moving the joint. As OA worsens over time, bones may break down and develop growths called bone spurs.
Treatments for Lincoln arthritis vary based upon the type of arthritis you have and the severity of the condition. A thorough medical history complete with appropriate imaging will provide the information we need to develop a treatment plan. Non-surgical options may work, such as non-steroid anti-inflammation medications and physical therapy. In cases where the joint has sufficiently eroded, joint replacement has been a successful option. Minimally invasive surgical techniques (arthroscopy and other percutaneous methods) are emphasized in solving hand, elbow and shoulder and knee problems thus minimizing discomfort and accelerating recovery. Call us for an appointment today.