Rheumatology

Specialty service provided at Medicine Specialists – Great River Medical Center

Rheumatology is the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other disorders of the joints, muscles and ligaments. These conditions – rheumatic diseases – usually are linked to the body’s immune system. They can cause pain, swelling, stiffness, deformity and other symptoms.

Common diseases treated by rheumatologists include:

Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis is the result of damage to cartilage, the shock-absorbing material on the ends of bones. When cartilage wears down, the joints hurt and become harder to move. The damage may be caused by overuse, age and obesity. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Unlike other rheumatic diseases, it is not linked to the immune system.

Psoriatic arthritis – A chronic, inflammatory disease of the joints and places where tendons and ligaments connect to bone. For most people, it starts about 10 years after psoriasis begins. Sometimes, people can develop psoriatic arthritis without having psoriasis.

Rheumatoid arthritis – An autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium, a soft tissue that lines the joints

Fibromylgia – A chronic condition marked widespread muscle and joint pain, other areas of tenderness and general fatigue

Gout – Intense pain caused by a buildup of needle-like uric acid crystals in a joint – usually the big toe

Lupus – An autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in many areas of the body, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood, lungs, heart, and brain

Becoming a patient

Physician referral is not required to make an appointment.

Bring to every appointment

  • Insurance card
  • Photo ID
  • Up-to-date list of medicines you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, supplements and cold remedies.
  • List of allergies

Prescription refills

Please call your pharmacy to request a refill, and they can request a refill from our clinic. Allow 48 to 72 hours for prescriptions to be refilled. Controlled substances, including narcotics, will not be refilled early.

Payments

Expect to pay your insurance copayment the day of your visit.

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