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This is a general list of rheumatologic diseases we diagnose and treat at Ravenswood Rheumatology and is not all- inclusive. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for personal medical attention, diagnosis, or hands-on treatment. If you have health concerns, please discuss them with your physician. For disease-specific information, visit Arthritis Foundation.

A chronic disease that is characterized by inflammation of the lining (or synovium) of the joints, leading to long-term joint damage resulitng in pain, loss of function and disability. RA most often affects both hands and feet, equally on both side of the body, and morning stiffness is a common symptom.

A form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in people with high levels of uric acid in the blood in which uric crystals are deposited into joints, causing pain and immobility.


A chronic disease characterized by inflammation of both the skin and joints. This often affects the joints at the end of the toes and fingers and can be accompanied by nail changes.

Psoriatic arthritis

A chronic disease that primarily affects the spine and may lead to stiffness in the back. The joints and ligaments that normally permit the back to move become inflamed. The joints and bones may fuse together.

ankylosing spondylitis

An inflammatory joint disease associated with Crohn's disease or Ulcerative colitis. This condition is co-managed with a gastroenterology (GI) specialist. 

enteropathic arthritis

An autoimmune disease that causes dry eyes and dry mouth along with a number of other possible symptoms including joint pain and swelling and neurologic complications.

sjogren's syndrome

This disease literally means "hard skin" due to abnormal and overproduction of collagen in the skin and sometimes internal organs, like the lungs and kidneys.


A chronic inflammatory disease that varies widely in its presentation, potentially affecting skin, joints, muscles, nerves, kidneys, and other parts of the body

lupus (SLE)

A group of inflammatory diseases affecting the blood vessels. These can present with symptoms involving the skin, joints, lungs, sinuses, and kidneys, among other issues


A group of diseases that cause inflammation of the muscles. These may cause muscle weakness and/or pain, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, rashes or joint pain.


A condition characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density, causing bones to become fragile.


The most common type of arthritis, characterized by breakdown of the joint's cartilage, leading to pain, loss of movement, and stiffness in the joint. Cartilage is the part of the joint that cushions the ends of the bones and allows easy movement of joints. 

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