Bone and joint care in Denver

Whether you experience acute (temporary) or chronic (long-lasting) joint pain, living with joint pain is uncomfortable. It can make simple, everyday tasks difficult, and it can stop you from doing the things you love to do. HealthONE's orthopedists (doctors who specialize in musculoskeletal care) and rheumatologists (doctors who specialize in joint disease care) can help, offering comprehensive joint care at our hospitals in Denver.

They are dedicated to resolving your pain and improving your joint health. When conservative approaches do not relieve joint pain, we are able to provide alternative treatments, such as joint replacement surgery.

For more information about HealthONE's bone and joint care services, please call (303) 575-0055.

Causes of joint pain

Our orthopedic specialists diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions that cause joint pain, such as:

  • Arthritis, including osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures
  • Gout
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendinitis


Joint arthritis (osteoarthritis) is a condition that occurs when the glass-like surface (cartilage) on the ends of your bones wears down. This cartilage is the reason your joints move so smoothly. As it deteriorates, the movement is not so smooth, which can become painful. This deterioration can happen over time or after significant trauma to the joint.

Common symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • Bone spurs
  • Grating sensation
  • Pain
  • Stiffness or loss of motion
  • Swelling

Joint pain treatments

Our orthopedic specialists will typically try to resolve your joint pain with noninvasive treatments before suggesting surgery. Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and using anti-inflammatory medications may help improve pain and stiffness, depending on your condition.

Surgery may be an option if nonsurgical treatments do not improve your pain and mobility and/or range of motion. In these cases, we work with you to determine which treatment will be best for your condition and lifestyle.

Joint replacement surgery

Joint replacement surgery replaces the damaged or diseased parts of a joint with implants (prostheses), creating a healthy, like-new joint.

HealthONE offers comprehensive programs for hip, knee and shoulder replacements. Our goal with these orthopedic programs is to provide you with the tools you need to have a successful treatment and recovery. That is why our hospitals offer educational classes to help you prepare for a joint replacement and physical therapy to help you recover after surgery.

Ankle replacement

An ankle replacement involves the surgeon removing the ends of the damaged bones and replacing them with implants. The artificial joint will help your ankle move freely without pain.

Hip replacement

During a total hip replacement surgery, or a "total hip arthroplasty," the ball and socket parts of the hip joint are replaced.

Similarly, during a partial hip replacement surgery, also called a "partial hip arthroplasty," the surgeon replaces only the damaged part of the hip.

To minimize your recovery time, many of our hospitals offer the anterior approach to hip replacement surgery. This minimally invasive technique only requires an incision on the front of the hip, which allows the doctor to work around muscles instead of cutting through them.

Knee replacement

Knee replacement surgery, or "knee arthroplasty," restores function in the knee joint and alleviates discomfort. It involves resurfacing or replacing damaged parts of the joint. We offer total and partial knee replacements.

Shoulder replacement

In a total shoulder replacement surgery, the ball and socket parts of the shoulder joint are replaced with metal and/or plastic implants.

In a partial shoulder replacement, the ball is replaced with a prosthesis, and the original socket remains in place.

Benefit program for hip and knee replacements

In partnership with the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), HealthONE offers the PERACare Select benefit. This benefit provides PERA retirees enrolled in the organization’s pre-Medicare program access to a fixed price for a hip or knee replacement surgery.

With the PERACare Select benefit, retirees could save as much as $13,000 in out-of-pocket costs at select HealthONE hospitals.