Arthritis is a broad diagnosis that describes painful stiffness and inflammation of the joints. It can appear as a symptom of at least 100 different diseases including Lyme disease, carpal tunnel disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, gout and rheumatic fever. Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States and according to the Michigan Department of Community Health arthritis keeps over a million Michigan adults from enjoying all of the activities they would like to participate in.
Due to the wide reach and debilitating effects of arthritis, finding new ways to prevent its onset, alleviate the pain it causes, slow its progression and someday find a cure is a huge priority. Organizations including the Michigan offices of the National Arthritis Foundation provide medical expert advice, funding for research and advocacy through public education and pursuing legislation. There are also many treatments available to Michigan patients suffering from arthritis including medications such as painkillers, steroids, biologic drugs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and topical arthritis treatments. Orthoses, which are mechanical aids like splints, compression gloves, braces and shoe inserts can be utilized to support, align and protect the affected joints. Some Michigan arthritis patients that do not respond well to other therapies may also benefit from joint surgery as a last resort.
Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics supports Michigan patients suffering with arthritis by offering a wide range of orthoses options and utilizing Tracer CAD computer-aided imaging systems to create precisely customized orthoses models. This technology allows us to provide custom components that are created to fit your unique shape, including devices to alleviate main in the knee, foot and ankle. Their exact construction allows us to generate an orthosis that can work with your structure to correct any underlying skeletal misalignments that may be contributing to your arthritic pain. We also have a wide selection of universal adjustable orthoses available to treat arthritis including the ComfortFORM wrist splint, thumb spica, universal wrist and forearm splint, metacarpal colles splint, and forearm bandit.
Your doctor paired with an experienced team of specialists that have been serving Michigan patients since 1955 can work together to determine the best treatment to alleviate your arthritis pain and prevent further deterioration. If you or a loved one are experiencing arthritis pain please call or stop in and visit with one of our orthoses specialists at any of our 20Michigan locations.
Traverse City, Alma, Alpena, Big Rapids, Cheyboygan, Grand Rapids, Houghton Lake, Manistee, Petoskey, Cadillac, Fremont, Grayling, Kalamazoo, Mt. Pleasant, Sault Ste. Marie, Charlotte, Gaylord, Greenville, Ludington, St. Ignace