Avoid the ER, Be Seen Today OrthoAccess Immediate CareAvoid the ER, Be Seen Today 
OrthoAccess Immediate Care

Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care

//Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care

What is Arthritis of the hands?

2019-07-08T13:34:35-05:00February 12th, 2013|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

Do you have pain in your wrist or hands? Do you have stiffness in your fingers that seems to be worst in the mornings? What about numbness in your fingers? All of these symptoms are common with arthritis in the hands. Arthritis in the hands can dramatically reduce the quality of life as not having full usage of your hands can really alter how you do things or stop normal day-to-day activities completely. […]

Avoiding The Pain of Osteoarthritis – Prevention Tips

2019-07-08T13:57:51-05:00March 8th, 2012|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

Arthritis can take many forms, but the most commonly diagnosed is osteoarthritis (OA). (1) Caused by the gradual breakdown of cartilage in almost any joint it can result in arthritis related pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, a feeling of grating in the affected joint, and point tenderness. Worldwide, millions of people are affected by OA; in the US almost 27 million people live with its effects. […]

Benefits of Rheumatologists and Orthopedics Working at the Same Practice

2019-07-08T15:17:16-05:00February 1st, 2017|Orthopedics Care, Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

Although orthopedists and rheumatologists both focus on a patient’s joints, muscles and bones, rheumatologists focus more on joint disorders that can be treated medically while orthopedists specialize in surgical treatments and managing fractures. To help improve patients’ access to care and to ensure they get the best treatment possible, many orthopedic practices have expanded to include rheumatology services. The Difference Between a Rheumatologist and an Orthopedist When suffering from debilitating joint pain, it can be confusing for patients to know whether they should schedule an appointment with a rheumatologist or an orthopedist. Typically, unless you have experienced a trauma to the body that requires a surgical treatment, you will want to schedule an appointment with a rheumatologist first. If [...]

How to Reduce Winter Arthritis Pain and Inflammation

2019-07-01T16:22:45-05:00December 17th, 2018|IBJI News Room, Orthopedics Care, Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

With the holiday season underway, feelings of joy and happiness may be replaced with pain and stiffness for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients. The pain and inflammation from RA, can dampen your holiday spirit and get in the way of winter festivities. Symptoms such as pain, swelling, stiffness, and fatigue can increase in the winter. But luckily there are steps to alleviate these symptoms. Illinois Bone & Joint Institute rheumatologist Dr. Ami Kothari, MD, explains why symptoms of RA feel worse in the winter. Dr. Kothari states that “one theory regarding why cold or damp weather causes joint pain is related to barometric pressure.” Barometric pressure is the weight of air molecules pressing down on you. Cooler [...]

New Bone-Forming Growth Factor and its Effect on Osteoporosis

2019-07-02T14:54:31-05:00January 30th, 2017|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

Recently, a scientific discovery has been made that is believed to have huge implications for regenerative medicine. The scientists involved have uncovered a new bone-forming growth factor, which may reverse the bone loss associated with osteoporosis. What is Osteoporosis? Meaning “porous bone,” osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when your body loses too much bone, produces too little bone, or a combination of the two. Because of this, your bones lose density or mass and contain abnormal tissue structure. Depending on the severity of your osteoporosis, your bones may be more susceptible to break from a fall, or in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps. Who is at Risk for Developing Osteoporosis? According to the National Osteoporosis [...]

Osteoarthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis

2019-07-08T13:24:28-05:00February 6th, 2014|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

Arthritis is one of the most common debilitating joint diseases, affecting more than 50 million people throughout the United States. Indeed, as the U.S. population ages, the incidence of arthritis is expected to increase. Arthritis comes in two primary forms, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  […]

Top 4 Treatments for Arthritis

2019-07-01T16:33:35-05:00February 1st, 2017|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

What is Arthritis? Arthritis is not a single disease; rather, it is a way of referring to joint pain or disease. In fact, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions, with the two most common types being osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is a very common condition; about 1 in 5 adults in the United States are affected by it. […]

Treatment for Autoimmune Disease and Osteoporosis at the IBJI Infusion Center

2019-07-16T12:04:37-05:00May 20th, 2019|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

IBJI’s infusion center treats autoimmune disease and osteoporosis by use of injection or infusion. Our injections and infusion medications are given by a healthcare team with a board-certified rheumatologist on-site. An autoimmune disease is when the body attacks itself by mistake. Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis can cause joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion in joints. Our infusion center can also treat osteoporosis, which is the weakening of bones. The most common conditions we treat at our infusion center are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. We treat: Rheumatoid arthritis Psoriatic arthritis Ankylosing spondylitis Osteoporosis Lupus Various other autoimmune diseases What is the goal of an infusion? The goal of an infusion for [...]

What Is Rheumatology?

2019-07-08T14:15:44-05:00September 14th, 2011|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

Rheumatology is a very specific specialty that is part of the much broader internal medicine field. Recently this field has seen rapid change due to rapid technological and scientific advancements as well as an expanded focus on researching immunology. […]