Rheumatologists are specialists whose training focuses on the diagnosis and management of disorders related to joints, muscles and connective tissue. These complex diseases can cause inflammation and severe pain in the joints and muscles. The end results can substantially affect an individual's quality of life and ability to perform even the simplest activities.
It is estimated that 46 million of Americans suffer from arthritis or other rheumatic conditions. Rheumatic diseases can develop in people of any age, sex or race.
There are several different forms of rheumatic diseases and some people are more susceptible than others. Some contributing factors include genetics, environmental factors, gender and age.
Because these disorders can be very hard to diagnose and treat, rheumatologists work closely with physicians in other fields, consulting with pulmonary, renal, gastroenterologists, dermatologists, neurologists and vascular specialists.
The main goal of rheumatologists is to find the right treatment and restore the patient's health and quality of life. Options of treatment include over the counter and prescription medications that reduce inflammation and / or influence the immune system to prevent inflammation, bone damage and slow down the progression of the disease.
Rheumatologists educate patients on the mechanisms of these complex diseases and their treatment, explain how diet and exercise can help their joints and muscles, prescribe medications, inject inflamed joints and bursas, order Physical Therapy to retain or regain normal activity levels, and evaluate and advise patients when surgeries are necessary.
Premier Healthcare provides a comprehensive rheumatic care offering an Infusion center, On-site Lab, Osteoporosis Center, and Physical Therapy.