Ohio State’s evidence-based care can help relieve your pain and improve movement.

The Arthritis and Joint Integration Program at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center provides comprehensive, rehabilitative care for people with arthritis, joint pain or joint replacement.

Our personalized care plans are designed to help each individual achieve his or her wellness goals, while focusing on:

  • Pain relief
  • Improved movement
  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • A higher level of function and greater independence

We work closely with Ohio State's nationally recognized Department of Orthopaedics. Ohio State orthopedists offer unparalleled surgical expertise and numerous surgical and non-surgical options to alleviate arthritis and debilitating joint pain, including total or partial joint replacement.

Our Patients

Patients visit Ohio State’s Arthritis and Joint Integration Program for treatment related to:

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

Each day, hundreds of central Ohioans choose Ohio State’s Arthritis and Joint Integration program to help them lessen pain, move more freely and enjoy a better life. Here’s why:

Personalized Care: You will receive a personal evaluation that helps create an individualized care plan to meet your needs and lead you toward your health goals.

Unique Services: Our newly remodeled facility at University Hospital East features a fully functional kitchen, bathroom and living space for patients to practice cooking, household tasks and daily living skills. We offer coordinated care for those referred by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation with joint issues aggravated or accelerated by work injuries.

Best Outcomes: Our rehabilitation programs consistently meet or exceed national standards for patient satisfaction and expectations of treatment outcomes, as measured by Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO), which maintains the nation’s second largest outcomes database for rehabilitation.

Accredited Programs: We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.

Nation’s Best: Ohio State’s rehabilitation program consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As an academic medical center, Ohio State offers comprehensive medical expertise, the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques and innovative care backed by research knowledge. 

Convenience: Because of the breadth of our expertise, we can offer multiple services during a single visit.

Our Services

Our Services

The Arthritis and Joint Integration Program offers rehabilitation services to help you at each phase of your rehabilitation — from services offered in the hospital (known as inpatient services) to those offered after returning home (known as outpatient services). These services offer a continuum of care to help achieve your highest level of recovery.

What to Expect from Rehabilitation

What You Can Expect From Rehabilitation

Following a physician's referral, your arthritis/joint rehabilitation may include:

  • An evaluation of your movement and function
  • Exercises to control joint pain and swelling and to protect your joints from further damage
  • Exercises to improve strength, movement, control and fitness
  • Therapeutic joint mobilization techniques
  • Recommendations for adaptive equipment that can protect your joints
  • Instructions about how to perform activities of daily living safely
  • Mobility training (walking, stair climbing, moving from place to place)
  • Pain management through appropriate activity and modalities, such as heat and cold therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Patient support and education

Treatment Team

Your Treatment Team

Your customized treatment plan is implemented by a team of specialists, who may include:

  • Orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in surgery for muscular and skeletal conditions
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians/physiatrists who specialize in helping people regain body functions lost due to medical conditions or injuries
  • Rheumatologists who specialize in treating arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones
  • Physical therapists who specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility
  • Occupational therapists who specialize in improving patients' ability to complete activities of daily living
  • Speech-language pathologists who specialize in helping patients improve communication, cognition and swallowing
  • Social workers who specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients
  • Psychologists who specialize in clinical psychology, counseling or guidance

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

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