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Rheumatology Services Return to McFarland Clinic

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July 12, 2021

Woman with arthritis cradling hand in pain.

Rheumatology services have returned to McFarland Clinic. Learn about the services offered by our Rheumatology team. 

What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is a branch of medicine that is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases. According to the American College of Rheumatology, autoimmune conditions occur when the immune system sends inflammation to areas of the body when it is not needed causing damage/symptoms. These diseases can also affect the eyes, skin, nervous system, and internal organs. Rheumatologists treat joint disease similar to orthopedists but do not perform surgeries.

Common Diseases Treated by Rheumatologists

When should I see a Rheumatologist? 

It may be time to see a Rheumatologist if muscle and joint pain is ongoing. If you are experiencing any symptoms of a Rheumatic disease such as stiffness, inflammation, or swelling in your joints, or joint pain, talk to your primary care provider about a referral to our board-certified Rheumatologist. The sooner you are diagnosed and receive treatment, the sooner you will begin to feel better. 

How can a Rheumatologist help me?

Damage to the joints can occur if symptoms are ignored or not treated properly over time. Damage caused by rheumatic symptoms may not be reversible. 

Services provided by Rheumatology at McFarland Clinic

  • Diagnosis and treatment of:
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Ankylosing spondylitis
    • Psoriatic arthritis
    • Gout
    • Lupus
  • Autoimmune diseases such as:
    • Sjogren’s syndrome
    • Mixed connective tissue disease
    • Scleroderma
  • Metabolic bone diseases such as Osteoporosis
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Vasculitis

Future plans for the department include the addition of an infusion center for the care and treatment of patients.

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