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Rheumatology is a specialty of internal medicine that deals with conditions of the musculoskeletal system. A rheumatologist is trained in recognizing inflammatory diseases that affect the skin, muscles, joints and conditions that are related to ophthalmologic, respiratory, digestive and metabolic problems. Rheumatologists look at the “big picture”— how the patients overall health relates to the musculoskeletal problems, and work closely with the primary care physicians and other specialists to provide the best care available. 

 

Conditions We Treat

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout and Pseudogout
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Discoid and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and related eye conditions such as uveitis
  • Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma and related Pulmonary involvement
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome (dry eye syndrome)
  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and Raynaud’s Phenomenon
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Temporal Arteritis
  • Systemic Vasculitis, Wegener’s Granulomatosis, Relapsing Polychondritis
  • Fibromyalgia, Soft Tissue Rheumatism
  • Lyme disease
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Post streptococcal arthritis
  • Colitis associated inflammatory arthritis
  • Osteoporosis

 

Treatments range from supportive care to medications of varying level, including

Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAIDs)

Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)

Biologic Anti –rheumatic Drugs (self- injectable and infusion capability)

 

Why We Are Different

What distinguishes the rheumatologists at WESTMED is our dedication to patient care, teaching our patients about their conditions to engage them in their treatment, and being available to them on short notice when they need to be seen.

 


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