Patients with arthritis or other painful conditions can turn to us. Rheumatologists are the specialists who treat conditions of the joints, primarily arthritis, and of the soft tissue and connecting tissue, such as fibromyalgia. We can help with the pain and loss of function these conditions may bring.
Arthritis can arise from joint wear, or osteoarthritis, which causes pain and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis is condition which occurs when the joints are attacked by the body’s own defenses, causing swelling, pain and fever.
Treating arthritis pain may include exercises and medication. Improving function, so you can return to normal activities, includes helping you keep a range of motion in your joints through special exercises and medications.
Many people find relief and improved use of their joints through physical therapy. Medications commonly used for arthritis include NSAIDS, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Most are available without a prescription.
We also evaluate and manage the use of the drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors, which provide relief for many people and are available only with a prescription.
For our patients with RA (rheumatoid arthritis), we can evaluate for the use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). These medications treat inflammatory arthritis as well ankylosing spondylitis, another rheumatoid disease. These drugs may slow or even stop the body from attack its own joints, which decreases pain and swelling.
Corticosteroid medications decrease inflammation or swelling. They include prednisone, cortisone, solumedrol, and hydrocortisone.
Other rheumatoid conditions treated by our specialists include lupus, musculoskeletal syndromes, orthopedic disorders, autoimmune conditions, sarcoidosis and scleroderma. Fine needle aspiration of the joint fluid and muscle biopsies are performed on site to assist in definite diagnoses when needed.