Muscle, Joint, Bone Disorder Treatment

When should you see a Rheumatologist?

Rheumatologists are internists with special skills and training in the complex diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and rheumatic illnesses. They treat patients with disorders of the joints, muscles, tendons, bones and other connective tissues. There are more than 100 rheumatic diseases that rheumatologists treat, including degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, autoimmune conditions such as lupus and joint conditions such as gout and pseudo-gout. Rheumatologists also evaluate patients for the presence of an underlying autoimmune disease in the setting of a positive anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) Below is a comprehensive list of rheumatic diseases that rheumatologists treat, procedures they perform in the clinic and infusions provided in the chemotherapy suite for the treatment of rheumatic diseases.
Our Rheumatology team specializes in the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases.

Systemic Connective Tissue Diseases

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Drug Induced Lupus
  • Systemic Sclerosis/Scleroderma
  • Undifferentiated connective Tissue Disease
  • Inflammatory Muscle Disease – polymyositis and dermatomyositis
  • Sjogrens Syndrome
  • Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APLS)
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

Vasculitides

  • Large Vessel Vasculitis- Giant Cell Arteritis/Temporal Arteritis, Takayasu Arteritis
  • Medium Vessel Vasculitis- Polyarteritis Nodosa, Primary Angiitis Of the Central Nervous System
  • ANCA associated Vasculitis
  • Immune Complex Mediated Small Vessel Vasculitides

Seronegative Spondyloarthropathies

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Arthritis Associated with Psoriasis and other skin diseases

Arthritis associated with Infectious Diseases

  • Lyme Disease
  • Viral Arthritides

Rheumatic Disorders Associated with Metabolic Diseases

  • Gout
  • Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease (Pseudo-gout)

Bone and Cartilage Disorders

  • Osteoarthritis of joints- shoulders, hands/wrists, hips, knees
  • Osteonecrosis

Non-articular and Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neck and Back pain

Miscellaneous

  • Joint effusions
  • Arthralgias/Joint pain
  • Myalgias, generalized
  • Raynauds Phenomenon
  • Positive ANA
  • Elevated C-reactive protein (CRP)
  • Elevated Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
  • Sicca Syndrome
  • DeQuervains tenosynovitis
  • Sarcoidosis

Procedures

  • Joint Arthrocentesis, aspiration and /or injection; small joint (e.g. fingers) or bursa
  • Joint Arthrocentesis, aspiration and /or injections; medium and large joints (e.g. shoulder, sub-acromial bursa, wrist, knee joint, ankle joint)
  • Tendon Sheath Injection

Infusions: Chemotherapy and Biologic Drugs

  • Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)
  • Abatacept (Orencia)
  • Infliximab (Remicade)
  • Tocilizumab (Actemra)
  • Rituximab (Rituxan)
  • IV Methylprednisolone
  • IV Gammaglobulin (IVIG)