Our rheumatology physician provides comprehensive consultation and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and complete rheumatic diseases.
- Osteoporosis & Arthritis treatment
- On-site Orthopedic, physical therapy and radiology services on-site
- On-site infusion center for IV medication treatment of systemic arthritis
- Specialized diagnostic testing in our on-site clinical laboratory
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a general term for more than 100 conditions that could affect joints and surrounding tissues. The two most common types of arthritis are; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease. Rheumatoid arthritis patients suffer with pain, stiffness and swelling—reduced function is attributed to the body releasing enzymes that destroy the lining of the joints.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a painful, degenerative joint disease that often affects knees, hips, neck, hands and lower back.
Osteoarthritis usually develops in joints that are injured by repeated overuse, strain from excess body weight or injury—joint flexibility is reduced and the joint swells. The repeated overuse or injury includes pain that worsens following activity or lack of activity.
Is Osteoarthritis the same as Osteoporosis?
No, many people confuse osteoarthritis with osteoporosis.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, more than 40 million Americans are at increased risk for bone fracture due to Osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased risk of fractures of the hip, spine, and wrist. Men as well as women are affected by osteoporosis, a disease that can be prevented and treated.
Osteoporosis is diagnosed by a bone mineral density (BMD) test, a safe and painless way to detect low bone density. Talk to your provider to learn what you can do to keep your bones strong and healthy.
Discuss your medical needs with your primary care provider, and together you will decide whether a referral to the Rheumatology Specialist is needed.