Rheumatology is a subspecialty of internal medicine for the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. There are upwards of 100 different types of rheumatic diseases. Because of the complex nature of these types of diseases, having a skilled and practiced rheumatologist can help ensure you receive the best treatment for your specific condition.

At EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region we routinely address a variety of rheumatic diseases and disorders. Our rheumatologists utilize state-of-the-art equipment and implement the latest treatment approaches. We also offer ongoing clinical trials, many of which have helped facilitate the availability of arthritis and anti-inflammatory medications on the market today.

Our commitment to personalized and comprehensive care encourages the best possible outcomes when it comes to arthritis and rheumatic disease treatment.

Sophisticated, Innovative EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region Rheumatology Care

Our Triangle Region Rheumatology Team includes board-certified rheumatologists with access to resources such as:

  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Laboratory services
  • Infusion facilities for intravenous medications
  • State-of-the-art imaging (such as x-ray, CT, MRI, and bone density testing)

We utilize precision diagnostics to help facilitate patient-centered care, specifically tailored to your rheumatic condition.

Common Types and Symptoms of Rheumatic Conditions

Above, we mentioned that there are literally hundreds of different rheumatic diseases. Many people are curious about the symptoms and side effects of these conditions. Most often, rheumatic diseases affect the joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. In addition to the soft tissues, some rheumatic diseases can also affect the body’s internal organs. Common symptoms can include:

  • Sensation of heat
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Limited or loss of function of one or more of the body’s support structures

Common types of rheumatic conditions include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Gout
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Lupus
  • Tendinitis
  • Spondyloarthropathies (a grouping of spine-related rheumatic diseases)

In addition to a physical examination and diagnostic tests, your rheumatologist will go over your medical history to help identify and diagnose your condition. If it is determined that you have arthritis or a rheumatoid condition, the next step will be deciphering an individualized treatment plan.

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How Do Rheumatologists Treat Rheumatic Diseases?

Rheumatology and arthritis treatment strategies (and numerous new therapies) have become available over the past decade. Our Triangle Rheumatology Team offers patients a variety of conservative treatments, and surgical procedures (when needed) to address rheumatic conditions.

Conservative treatment methods may include:

  • Medications (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs))
  • Topical creams
  • Biologic response modifiers
  • Janus kinase inhibitors
  • Injections (corticosteroids)
  • Exercise and diet modification

In some cases, your doctor may recommend surgical intervention if conservative treatment fails to relieve symptoms. Many procedures are minimally-invasive and can be performed arthroscopically (using small incisions and surgical instruments).

EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region’s Rheumatology Clinical Research Program

In addition to standard care, we have an active clinical research program including clinical trials of new medications under study for rheumatic diseases. We have participated in clinical trials of most of the rheumatoid arthritis medications that have become available over the past 20 years. This includes:

  • Enbrel
  • Humira
  • Orencia
  • Rituxan
  • Kineret
  • Actemra
  • Cimzia
  • Additional major anti-inflammatory medications

We have also collaborated with researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina‘s Thurston Arthritis Research Center. In our opinion, the availability of clinical trials is a major resource for our patients, allowing them access to cutting-edge therapies.

Our participation also keeps us at the forefront of the newest advances in rheumatology. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, please contact us.

Learn more about our rheumatology services, or schedule an appointment now with an EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region Specialist. Or, call us any time at (919) 220-5255.

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