Rheumatology

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis that a rheumatologist evaluates and treats. It is important to accurately diagnose the type of arthritis a patient has to optimally treat that patient.

Rheumatologists also treat various auto-immune disorders such as:

  • systemic lupus
  • erythematosus
  • scleroderma
  • polymyositis
  • various forms of vasculitis

Our rheumatologists have expertise in using aggressive immunosuppressive medications that are needed to treat these potentially aggressive and life-threatening conditions.

Rheumatologists also diagnose and non-surgically treat a wide variety of soft tissue problems including:

  • low back pain
  • should and hip bursitis
  • fibromyalgia

They are proficient in injecting soft tissues with corticosteroids to acutely relieve pain and swelling from various disorders. As rheumatic disorders affect patients of all ages, rheumatologists typically evaluate patients of all ages.

What is rheumatology?

Rheumatology is a sub-specialty of internal medicine. After completing an internal medicine residency, a rheumatologist undergoes an additional 2-3 years of training to diagnose and non-surgically treat various rheumatic disorders.