The practice’s focus is on the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic illnesses such
as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Plolyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic
Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Systemic Lupus, and many others as well as Osteoarthritis
and Osteoporosis. Nerve conduction studies for these and other related disorders
are performed on site as well. The practice provides diagnostic care as well as
participating in ongoing research. Patients interested in research programs need
to be qualified for the studies, see your provider for further information.
The Doctor’s most important role is to decide on the diagnosis and recommend the
right kind of management for the disease. The doctor educates the patient, family,
and community, teaching not only medical information, but also techniques for preventing
disability, coping mechanisms for chronic disorders, behavioral therapy for improving
quality of life, medication, and rehabilitative functions.
The doctor evaluates the following:
Signs and symptoms of systemic involvement
Need for orthopedic or corrective intervention
Need for hospitalization for medical management
Level of independence
Result of advanced laboratory and radiological examinations
Necessity of referrals to other health care providers
Plolyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Connective Tissue Disease
Arthritis patients, especially early in the course of their disease, want to know
if it is necessary to go to a specialist in rheumatology. They likely already have
a good rapport with an internal medicine doctor -- so can't that doctor diagnose
and treat arthritis?
The short answer is that you will find some people who believe the internal medicine
doctor can take charge of an arthritis case.
If you have osteoarthritis, this condition can be managed by rheumatological or surgical
For more complicated types of arthritis, a rheumatology consult can be extremely
helpful since a rheumatologist deals with the complexities of rheumatic disease and
treatment options on a daily basis.