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What is rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the study, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the muscles, joints bones, and immune system. Many rheumatic diseases are "autoimmune" meaning the immune system produces antibodies which attack our own organs, causing symptoms in the body. Common conditions include arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis), lupus, gout, and osteoporosis. Refer to Conditions We Treat to learn more.

why choose a rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist is a physician who has received 2-3 year specialized training beyond completing medical school and a 3 -year internal medicine residency.  A rheumatologist will diagnose and treat patients with rheumatic diseases with medications (pills, creams, injections, and IV). We do not perform surgery to treat joint disease but will refer you to the right specialist(s) if needed.

How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

If you are experiencing rheumatologic symptoms, talk with your primary care physician and ask if seeing a rheumatologist is an appropriate treatment approach. Once we receive your treating physician’s referral, we will call you to schedule your initial appointment. You may also reach out to us to schedule an appointment.

What information do I need to bring to my first visit?

For your first visit, please arrive 15 minutes early to complete registration forms if you have not already done so along with your insurance card, a photo ID, and a list of any medications and supplements you are currently taking. If you have any blood work, imaging or other test results related to your condition, bring those with you as well.  Your co-pay or deductible will be collected upon check-in.

What is the best way to contact The clinic or my provider?

The best and most reliable way to get in touch with us it by using Klara (see the purple bubble at the bottom of the screen)- a HIPAA compliant medical messaging service. You can also call us. We do our best to answer these calls but are often seeing patients during the day. Messages are responded to within 48hours.

Extensive discussion around care decisions will require an appointment.

Does a rheumatologist treat Fibromyalgia?

This is a common question. Fibromyalgia is not a form of arthritis (joint disease). It does not cause inflammation or damage to joints, muscles or other tissues. However, because fibromyalgia can cause chronic pain and fatigue similar to arthritis, some people may think of it as a rheumatic condition. As a result, often a rheumatologist detects this disease (and rules out other rheumatic diseases). This condition is not treated by a rheumatologist but, a primary care or a pain medicine provider can offer treatment for this condition. Visit American College of Rheumatology for more information.

How can I get a prescription refill?

You can request refills through the patient portal, message through Klara (see purple bubble at the bottom right of the screen), or call and leave a message requesting a refill. Please review our policy regarding refills to avoid unnecessary delays and optimize your safety

Is medicine the only way to help relieve symptoms of rheumatic diseases?

There are several treatment options for relieving the symptoms of rheumatic diseases. If medication is available for your condition, we will discuss and prescribe it in addition to recommending any helpful lifestyle changes. A healthy diet, regular exercise, weight loss, limiting alcohol and stopping smoking are all important actions you can take to improve inflammation and minimize symptoms. Depending on your condition, we may also recommend physical and occupational therapies to complement medications or as an alternative if appropriate. Our goal is to relieve pain and inflammation, put disease in remission, and restore your quality of life.

Where do i park?

We are unfortunately unable to validate parking for the lot behind our building. You may still park there but the most cost effective option is to visit prior to your visit to reserve a spot (BEFORE entering the lot). There is also both paid and free street parking on the streets nearby clinic, availability is variable depending on the day.

can i pay my bills online?

At this time, we do not offer bill paying online, but we hope to have this service in the future. Thank you for your understanding.

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