If you or someone you know is struggling with musculoskeletal disease or certain autoimmune conditions, it is important to know that Emerson Hospital has a team of rheumatologists who can help.
A rheumatologist is an internist who has received advanced training in diagnosing and non-surgically treating what are called rheumatic diseases. These diseases can affect the joints, muscles and bones, causing pain, stiffness, swelling and deformity. They can also affect the eyes, skin, nervous system and internal organs.
Because permanent joint damage can occur over time if the symptoms of joint pain are not treated properly, it’s vital to be evaluated as soon as possible when you begin having these symptoms. Early diagnosis and proper treatment by a rheumatologist can make a big difference in your health and quality of life.
Best of all, this rheumatology expertise is available right here at Emerson Hospital.
The rheumatic conditions we see
Rheumatic disease includes more than 100 conditions, including all forms of arthritis. The common diseases treated by rheumatologists include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Systemic lupus
- Musculoskeletal pain disorders
- Bursitis and tendinitis
- Lyme disease
The rheumatology services we provide
The board-certified rheumatologists at Emerson Hospital provide timely, accurate diagnosis and attentive management for rheumatic disease. Services include:
- Comprehensive diagnostic resources including bone densitometry (Dexa scan), lab testing and diagnostic imaging
- Infusion services to treat conditions such as lupus, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Assistive devices
- Guidance on lifestyle modifications
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Nutrition/dietary counseling
When surgery is indicated, we provide referral to orthopedic surgeons or other appropriate surgical specialists.
Support Services and Groups
Emerson Hospital offers community health and wellness programs and classes
designed to support patients with a wide range of health issues, including rheumatic disease that affects mobility, flexibility and strength.