Signs to Watch for Arthritis [Video]
Ask the Expert: Arthritis Video Series
About the video: How do I know if I have arthritis?
Listen to Summit Orthopedics’ experts share the insights they’ve gained in their years caring for those struggling with arthritis symptoms. Featuring arthritis specialists Kristoffer Breien, M.D., Dane Hansen, D.O., and Peter Daly, M.D.
Meet Kristoffer Breien, M.D.
Dr. Breien’s approach: “I tend to be more conservative in my approach, reserving surgery as a last option. In essence, I strive to care for patients and their problems in the same manner my family and I expect to be treated when we seek medical attention.”
Dr. Breien’s education: Dr. Breien received his undergraduate degree at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. He went to Creighton University for medical school and his residency at Creighton-Nebraska University Health Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska.
Meet Dane Hansen, D.O.
Dr. Hansen’s approach: “Arthritis patients have high expectations for their activity level. With advanced training in minimally invasive surgical techniques and quick-recovery joint replacement, I strive to help my patients return to their fully active lifestyle as quickly as possible.”
Dr. Hansen’s education: Dr. Hansen received his undergraduate degree from Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He went to medical school at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. his residencywas at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine / Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He has a fellowship in Adult Joint Reconstruction from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. A fellowship is the highest level of formal training for a surgeon.
Meet Peter Daly, M.D.
Dr. Daly’s approach:“I understand the concern of athletes to get back to their sport. And I work in combination with our therapists to get them fully active.”
Dr. Daly’s education: Dr. Daly received his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and continued to Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN for his medical degree. Following his residency at the Orthopedic Surgery Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, he received advanced specialization training in the Rowe Shoulder Fellowship at Harvard University, Boston, MA.
Summit’s approach to osteoarthritis
At Summit, we believe in a multidisciplinary approach to manage pain. Evidence supports the effectiveness of multiple treatments designed to restore mobility, reduce pain, and protect your lifestyle. Medication may ease pain so that a patient can work with a physical therapist on strengthening and conditioning. Additionally, occasional steroid shots may help to control inflammation.
Medical research is constantly improving care outcomes and exploring even better treatments. We will continue to keep you informed about the most recent osteoarthritic treatment developments to help you find the most effective treatments to minimize pain and maximize your quality of life.
When to seek treatment for your arthritis
Arthritis doesn’t have to spell the end of an active life. If you are experiencing worrisome symptoms or persistent pain, the renowned arthritis specialists at Summit Orthopedics can help. We work with you to confirm a diagnosis and develop an appropriate conservative treatment plan. If nonsurgical treatments fail to support your lifestyle goals, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons will consult with you and discuss appropriate surgical options. Summit is home to innovative joint replacement options. Our Vadnais Heights Surgery Center is one of only two surgery centers nationally to receive The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
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Ask the Expert: Arthritis Video Series