Arthritis and other conditions of the joints, bone and muscles can be painful and interfere with daily activities. Rheumatology is the medical specialty dedicated to studying, diagnosing and treating these conditions.
If you have chronic pain, stiffness and swelling, you may need the help of a physician who specializes in treating autoimmune diseases that can affect the joints, connective tissues, skin and blood vessels. The rheumatology team at Lakewood Health System are here to help you understand and manage your rheumatic condition. They work closely with you and your primary care physician to develop a personalized treatment plan to relieve your pain and help you stay active.
Our experienced team is skilled at diagnosing and treating arthritis and other rheumatic conditions, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- Mixed Connective tissue disease
- Undifferentiated mixed connective tissue disease
- Raynaud’s Phenomenon
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Polymyalgia rheumatica
Since rheumatic disorders are chronic; collaborative treatment, patient education and advocacy are particularly important. The team at Lakewood interacts with patients and families, providing information and training to promote the highest level of quality of life for patients with rheumatic disease. They teach techniques for preventing disability, coping mechanisms for chronic disorders, behavioral therapy for improving quality of life and medication regimes.
Contact us if you have any questions about rheumatic disorders!