Rheumatology & Arthritis Care

Rheumatology & Arthritis Care

Rheumatology is a medical specialty that treats a wide range of conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system and diminish quality of life. Using our considerable expertise, supportive in-house services, and a compassionate approach, we work through your complex needs to help you move better and live better. In addition, our unique, collaborative approach with our IBJI colleagues in orthopedics and pain management allow us to provide a comprehensive approach to your needs.

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Why Should I See a Rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist can often help with any condition which causes painful muscles or joints. Our board-certified rheumatologists use the latest research and scientific knowledge to evaluate and treat conditions affecting bones, muscles, joints, and skin. We specialize in common disorders as well as rare or complex conditions. We take a highly individualized approach using an array of techniques to evaluate and treat your concerns.

See our FAQ section.

Among the conditions we treat are:

  • Autoimmune diseases (i.e., lupus, mixed connective tissue disease, etc.)
  • Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis (i.e., rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, etc.)
  • Osteoporosis

Rheumatology offers a comprehensive range of services for rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders.

In addition to disease management, we offer convenient, on-site services such as infusion therapy, high-complexity labs, ultrasound-guided injections (cortisone and gel/hyaluronic acid injections), bone density scans (DXA), diagnostic ultrasound, CT, MRI, and physical and occupational therapy.

Common Conditions and Disorders

The best approach to recovery is early diagnosis and treatment. Rheumatologists at IBJI understand the complexities of rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. They will listen to your concerns and provide a thorough, comprehensive exam to diagnose your condition and customize a treatment plan according to your needs.

Conditions Treated by Rheumatology

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout/Pseudogout
  • Joint pain (low back pain, knee pain, neck pain, hand pain)
  • Lupus and autoimmune disorders
  • Mixed connective tissue disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Vasculitis

We treat hundreds of other autoimmune diseases. Please contact us to learn about the breadth of our services.

Rheumatology Treatments

IBJI’s board-certified rheumatologists provide a comprehensive treatment approach. We work with each individual patient to create an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. This involves a detailed office visit and labs, which are conveniently located on-site. We can accurately diagnose your condition with the use of imaging, including X-rays, MRIs, and diagnostic ultrasound. We work with you to customize a treatment plan for your rheumatic disease in conjunction with physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nutritional counseling.

IBJI is proud to offer a premier bone health program designed for patients with osteoporosis/osteopenia that encompasses health and nutritional coaching and weight-bearing exercises. We have a bone density scanner (DXA) on-site for accurate diagnosis. In addition, we offer pharmacological treatment at our convenient and comfortable infusion center.

FAQs About Rheumatology Care

Why Would You See a Rheumatologist?

Any illness, syndrome, or disorder that causes pain in your joints, muscles, and soft tissues close to bones and joints can be treated by a rheumatologist. Also, our rheumatologists specialize in osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. In fact, there are over 200 diseases in which rheumatologists specialize. The most common are:

Once they’ve diagnosed your specific disorder, your rheumatologist will design an all-encompassing treatment plan to minimize your pain.

Can Your Diet Help Your Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Studies show eating anti-inflammatory foods such as fruits, veggies, and cold-water fish (rich in omega-3 fatty acids), can reduce the inflammation experienced with inflammatory diseases. Avoiding processed foods can also help. Our nutritionists can guide you.

Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Go Into Remission?

It is possible. Our experts can guide you with a treatment plan. Clinical remission occurs when a person feels better and their symptoms are under control. Remission means your disease is no longer active and is typically the result of taking medication or other types of treatment.

When Should You See a Rheumatologist about Your Stiff, Painful, and Swollen Joints?

If you are experiencing stiff, painful and swollen joints, an IBJI rheumatologist can help you sort through the many possible causes and arrive at a personalized treatment plan. This could include lifestyle modifications, utilization of the newest medication therapies, and/or collaborating with other IBJI colleagues to address the root cause of your concerns. The understanding of rheumatic and autoimmune diseases is constantly evolving. Rheumatologists at IBJI have specialized training and certifications specific to these conditions and their symptoms. Our qualified rheumatologists can help minimize joint pain and improve mobility.

What Can You Do to Keep Your Rheumatoid Arthritis from Getting Worse?

Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cause your body to attack its bones, joints, and cartilage, which can cause high inflammation, joint swelling, and pain.

To manage your symptoms and have a good quality of life, we recommend:

  • Regular physical activity
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Proper sleep
  • Balancing activity with rest
  • Addressing stress and anxiety
  • Pharmacologic treatment as indicated for the specific condition offered via prescription and also at our on-site infusion center

How Is Osteoporosis Diagnosed?

A screening procedure called a bone density test (DXA) is used to diagnose this condition. We have DXA scanners on-site at several of our locations.

What Is Infusion Therapy?

Infusion therapies include IV medications administered to treat autoimmune disorders and osteoporosis to stop the progression of the disease. These medications target different disease pathways and block them at the cellular level. There is no cure for autoimmune diseases, but they are highly treatable. IV infusion therapy allows for a better quality of life. 

At IBJI, our infusion therapy is done under the guidance of our board-certified rheumatologists and expert nurses. We offer an array of FDA-approved medications for multiple autoimmune diseases and osteoporosis to meet the needs of every patient. Our infusion center is conveniently located on-site. We manage all aspects of your infusion care including authorization and scheduling. We aim to create a process that is as seamless and stress-free as possible.


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Why Choose IBJI for Rheumatology Care

Why Choose IBJI for Rheumatology Care

Our experienced rheumatologists understand how pain and dysfunction can negatively impact your life. They customize rheumatology care plans for every patient and strive to provide you with the best experience possible from diagnosis to treatment plan. We have an array of services on-site for your convenience including laboratory testing, imaging (X-ray, DXA, MRI, CT, diagnostic ultrasound), infusion therapy, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapy for a multidisciplinary approach.

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