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What is Arthritis?

Aches and pains are a part of getting older, but arthritis is something different: a serious health issue that can have a major effect on your life. Arthritis pain can limit your ability to enjoy your favorite activities, whether you play a sport, spend time in your garden, work out regularly, or take occasional long walks in the country. Daily, constant pain can even reduce your participation in social events and your time with family and friends.

When the pain is in your joints, one of the several specific forms of arthritis could be responsible. The two most common types are osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear of the joint, and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune illness. Physicians at UR Medicine will use simple blood tests, joint pain assessments and imaging procedures to diagnose your arthritis.

UR Medicine's Treatments for Arthritis

UR Medicine focuses on identifying and providing the treatments you need to manage joint pain throughout your life. 

  • Our specialists will assess your specific situation and needs, whether your joint pain is caused by rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, you’re in need of joint replacement surgery, or if non-operative solutions are best.
  • You’ll then receive a personalized care plan, with recommendations for the right treatments at the right time to alleviate physical pain as well as ways you can improve your quality of life and minimize risk factors.

Your Primary Care physician will work with you to identify the cause of your joint pain.

What Sets Us Apart?

We offer the region’s most advanced care and widest range of treatment options for all joint, bone, and muscle pain and injuries.

Our proactive yet evidence-based approach gets results. While no one can cure your osteoarthritis, we can help you live better with it using a proven and multifaceted approach, including the support of UR Medicine specialists available in multiple clinic locations.

Because we’re an academic medical center, we also lead research studies so we can stay on the forefront of the latest developments in care. 

Our Hip and Knee Arthritis Clinic is the only center of its kind in the region. Our clinic focuses exclusively on hip and knee arthritis, providing the very latest non-surgical approaches for reducing arthritic pain.

At UR Medicine You Can Expect

  • Advanced care and a comfortable environment. Our patients have access to the newest treatments and most advanced orthopaedic operating rooms. Our hospital locations and staff focus on helping people with mobility challenges and provide the compassionate care you expect. Our new Orthopaedics & Physical Performance Center in Henrietta is one of the nation's largest, most comprehensive facilities for surgical and non-surgical care for bone and joint conditions. It's designed for patient safety and comfort for a range of patient needs, from outpatient surgery to joint replacement.
  • An experienced team and specialized care. Because our physicians have advanced training and expertise, they can treat the most complex medical conditions.
  • Onsite Infusion Center. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis need medications that cannot be taken at home. Two of our rheumatology clinics have an Infusion Center for patients with RA.
  • RA-CHAMP Program. For some RA patients and their families, it may be harder to find the care you need to manage your illness effectively. The only one of its kind in the region, our RA-CHAMP Program helps you navigate and overcome some of the barriers you face every day. 


Our care team is here for you. Find a UR Medicine expert and get care now.

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We serve you in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region.

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13 locations

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Greece

South Pointe Landing
10 South Pointe Landing, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14626

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Penfield

Platinum Office Complex
2064 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road
Penfield, NY 14526

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Canandaigua

Canandaigua Commons
699 South Main Street, Suite 3
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Webster

Spring Pines Office Park
1672 Empire Boulevard, Building 100
Webster, NY 14580

St. James Center for Orthopaedic Care - Hornell

St. James Hospital
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 107
Hornell, NY 14843

Orthopaedic Surgery - Canandaigua

FF Thompson Hospital
350 Parrish Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Orthopaedic Surgery - Dansville

Noyes Memorial Hospital
111 Clara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Podiatry - Webster

Spring Pines Office Park
1672 Empire Boulevard, Building 100
Webster, NY 14580

Podiatry - Greece

2300 West Ridge Road, Suite 202
Rochester, NY 14626

Podiatry - Brockport

Strong West
153 West Avenue
Brockport, NY 14626

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