Rheumatology provides specialized care for arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases. Early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatology disorders can decrease or prevent many of the complications and disability caused by these serious conditions.
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Rheumatology Focused on Diseases Management
Our rheumatologists specialize in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases. Additionally, rheumatology focuses on treating connective tissue diseases, autoimmune and immunologic disorders, metabolic bone diseases as well as general or localized musculoskeletal pain problems.
Many types of rheumatic disease are not easily identified in the early stages. Rheumatologists at Franciscan Health are specially trained to work like detectives to help patients discover the cause of their illness or discomfort as well as provide specific therapy for rheumatologic disorders.
Comprehensive rheumatology care
We work closely with primary care physicians, physical therapists , occupational therapists and orthopedic surgeons to provide comprehensive rheumatologic care. It is important to us that our patients understand their illness and treatment, thus disease management education is an essential part of our practice.
Common rheumatology tests and treatments
Osteoporosis, or the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density, is the most common form of bone disease. Bone density testing helps you determine your bone health early so you can take steps to keep your bones healthy.
CT technology is a valuable diagnostic tool to examine bone or tissue, blood vessels and rapidly moving organs such as the heart. Franciscan Health offers the most advanced technology and trained specialists in our CT scan departments.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging - commonly called MRI - is a noninvasive test that doesn't use radiation to examine the inside of your body. MRI is a valuable diagnostic tool for doctors, particularly when monitoring a disease.
Franciscan Health offers infusion medications that slow inflammation and prevent damage to the joints due to rheumatoid arthritis. Consult with your rheumatologist to find the medicines that may work best for you.