Diagnosis and management of rheumatic and auto-immune diseases
Living with a rheumatic disease can be incapacitating. Some mornings it may be hard to get out of bed, let alone go to work, spend time with your family or enjoy our beautiful community. At CMH, we have rheumatologists to accurately diagnose and manage your symptoms so you can get your life back.
Rheumatology is the study of diseases that affect joints and the connective tissue surrounding them. These diseases often result in sore, swollen or warm joints, most commonly affecting the neck, shoulders, fingers, hips, knees and feet. Common rheumatic diseases include arthritis, osteoporosis and gout, and auto-immune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatic disease diagnosis
One of the many benefits of coming to a close-knit, well-connected health system for care is that our physicians have many specialists and medical services at their fingertips for a thorough examination and more accurate diagnosis. Especially when it comes to rheumatic disease, early diagnosis is key to get symptoms under control and improve responsiveness to treatment. Here are some of the tools our rheumatologists use to diagnose rheumatic diseases.
Diagnostic tools for rheumatology:
- Personal and family history
- Physical examination
- Medical imaging
- Laboratory testing
Management of sore and swollen joints
Our rheumatologists work with patients long-term to help manage their disease. Through personal attention and a comprehensive understanding of your needs, they develop multi-disciplinary, individualized treatment plans. This can include: medications to manage symptoms, a change in diet, an exercise regimen, and rest and relaxation to reduce stress.
Let us help you get back on your feet. Talk to your doctor or contact us today.