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Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center offers physician expertise with a dedication to advanced treatments for shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand conditions.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
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At The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy, our doctors offer expertise in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Patients from the Baltimore region turn to Mercy's orthopedic surgeons for their skills in providing rheumatoid arthritis treatment options.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease characterized by overgrowth of the joint lining, or synovium, leading to the destruction of the joint’s articular cartilage and bone. Eventually, rheumatoid arthritis causes joint deformity and shifting. Rheumatoid arthritis typically affects smaller joints first, such as fingers and toes, and then can develop in the hips, knees, ankles, elbows and shoulders.
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include pain in the joints. Additional symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:
Rheumatoid arthritis can be difficult to diagnose because rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are similar to other conditions. A physical exam is conducted to check for swelling and muscle strength. Blood tests may be performed to test for a high erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR or sed rate), which shows if there is a development of an inflammatory process in the body. X-rays may be taken to track the deterioration of the joints.
There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but treatment options are available to control inflammation and reduce pain. Treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis include:
For severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis, surgery may be the best treatment option. Surgical treatment of rheumatoid arthritis can include the arthroscopic removal of the joint lining or a total joint replacement.
The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, is led by orthopedic surgeons specializing in the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand conditions, including but not limited to bursitis, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. Mercy Medical Center has been named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, placing it among the top shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand hospitals.
The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Joseph Ciotola is a top rated hip, knee and shoulder surgeon. His expertise in anterior hip replacement makes him one of the most sought-after orthopedic surgeons in the Baltimore region for hip replacement.