Specialty service provided at Medicine Specialists – Great River
Rheumatology is the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other disorders
of the joints, muscles and ligaments. These conditions – rheumatic
diseases – usually are linked to the body’s immune system.
They can cause pain, swelling, stiffness, deformity and other symptoms.
Common diseases treated by rheumatologists include:
Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis is the result of damage to cartilage, the shock-absorbing
material on the ends of bones. When cartilage wears down, the joints hurt
and become harder to move. The damage may be caused by overuse, age and
obesity. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Unlike other
rheumatic diseases, it is not linked to the immune system.
Psoriatic arthritis – A chronic, inflammatory disease of the joints and places where
tendons and ligaments connect to bone. For most people, it starts about
10 years after psoriasis begins. Sometimes, people can develop psoriatic
arthritis without having psoriasis.
– Anautoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium,
a soft tissue that lines the joints
Fibromylgia – A chronic condition marked widespread muscle and joint pain, other
areas of tenderness and general fatigue
Gout – Intense pain caused by a buildup of needle-like uric acid crystals
in a joint – usually the big toe
Lupus – An autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in many areas of
the body, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood, lungs, heart, and brain
Becoming a patient
Physician referral is not required to make an appointment.
Bring to every appointment
- Insurance card
- Photo ID
- Up-to-date list of medicines you are taking, including prescription and
over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, supplements and cold remedies.
- List of allergies
Please call your pharmacy to request a refill, and they can request a refill
from our clinic. Allow 48 to 72 hours for prescriptions to be refilled.
Controlled substances, including narcotics, will not be refilled early.
Expect to pay your insurance copayment the day of your visit.