Rheumatic diseases, like arthritis, can be debilitating and affect any part of your body. For these complex conditions, our specialists can help improve your quality of life through personalized treatment plans for:
- Pain in one or more joints that doesn't go away or comes back.
- Warmth and redness in one or more joints.
- Swelling in one or more joints.
- Stiffness in one or more joints.
- Trouble moving one or more joints in a normal way.
Arthritis refers to more than 100 different diseases and can affect people of all ages, but it's only one set of rheumatic disease. Common rheumatic diseases include:
- Osteoarthritis: This most common type of arthritis is a chronic disease of the joints, especially the weight-bearing joints of the knee, hip, and spine.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: This is an inflammatory disease of the joint lining.
- Fibromyalgia: This disease causes chronic, widespread pain in muscles and soft tissues around the body.
- Gout: This condition causes urate crystals to build up in small joints and causes pain and inflammation.
- Lupus: This is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes episodes of inflammation and damage in joints, tendons and organs.
- Scleroderma: This is an autoimmune disease that causes thickening and hardening of the skin and other connective tissue in the body.
In addition to treatments for these conditions and many more, our specialists offer pre-joint replacement treatment to alleviate pain prior to surgery. Your integrated care includes access to experts in Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Pain Management and Complementary and Integrative Medicine.
There are many options to manage your pain. Talk to you primary care provider or call to schedule an appointment.
Rheumatology is a department of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.