Rheumatology is a medical specialization that treats rheumatic and autoimmune diseases throughout the musculoskeletal system. This branch of medicine generally treats arthritis, osteoporosis and lupus, just to name a few. A rheumatologist spearheads the diagnosis and treatment of these joint, muscle and bone diseases.
When You Should See a Rheumatologist?
All pain is serious pain, at least for the body’s sake. Minor pain can subside with rest and limitation of activity, but not all conditions disappear completely. Consulting a rheumatologist for an accurate diagnosis is crucial when pain worsens or recurs in a pattern-like manner. Rheumatology treatment can treat common symptoms such as: fatigue, joint abnormalities, or loss of range of motion and joint function, amongst many others. Many of these symptoms may be hard to initially diagnose without the proper assistance.
IBJI’s rheumatology experts are trained to utilize cutting-edge technology to accurately diagnose your source of rheumatic or autoimmune pain. Our doctors will apply the necessary pain management techniques after examinations via various means of diagnostic imaging. These precautions are taken so the correct treatment will be applied to your condition to ensure a full recovery.
Rheumatology Conditions and Treatments
The best approach towards recovery is early treatment. The Illinois Bone and Joint Institute understands that all pain has the potential to materialize into something more serious. IBJI has appointments readily available to meet with our rheumatologists and discuss your symptoms and potential treatment route. Contact an IBJI location near you and consult with our rheumatology services for a solution today. For more information on rheumatology conditions, click on the links in the “Conditions Treated by Rheumatology” tab below.
The following examples are the types of pain management treatments a rheumatologist may use to treat a patient:
- Medication Assistance
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Rehabilitation & Therapy
At IBJI, physicians specializing in pediatric rheumatic diseases provide the most comprehensive care possible to its young patients. With no known cure for rheumatic conditions, the physicians and staff at IBJI will work with your child to achieve remission, pain relief and management, and reduction in inflammation and symptoms. At IBJI, fellowship-trained physicians specializing in the treatment of pediatric rheumatic diseases will work with you and your child to achieve proper diagnosis, remission and pain management. For questions, appointment or consultation contact the IBJI location nearest you.
Rheumatic diseases and syndromes affecting the joints, muscles and connective tissue can quite painful for children. Depending on the condition, symptoms can include chronic pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints, rash, limping or difficulty walking, fever, and fatigue. Below is a list of conditions that are commonly treated at IBJI.
- Juvenile Dermatomyositis
- Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
- Kawasaki Disease
- Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
- Pain of the musculoskeletal system
- Pediatric Vasculitis
- Rheumatic Fever
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Although pediatric rheumatic diseases have no known cure, remission, pain relief and inflammation relief can all be achieved through proper treatment and continued self-care. IBJI offers the best comprehensive care in the treatment of these conditions. Depending on the child’s needs, treatment and services offered can include:
- Arthritis Management
- Custom Orthotics
- Education and instruction for continued self-care (specific diet, physical activity, etc.)
- Massage Therapy and Acupuncture
- Pain Management
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy