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Rheumatologists diagnose and treat inflammatory diseases that affect muscles, joints and connective tissues. These complex conditions, which include juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, are called rheumatic diseases. Many other conditions may begin with bone and joint pain, and rheumatologists can help diagnose these and make sure your child gets the right care.

Rheumatic diseases are caused by a combination of genes and environmental factors. In general, having certain gene variants can increase a person's susceptibility to rheumatic diseases, and factors in the environment may trigger the onset of the disease. Studies suggest that people with certain variations of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes — which help control immune responses — have an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. In these people, the disease may develop due to some kind of triggering event, such as hormonal spikes, infections from bacteria or viruses, or obesity.

People who suffer from arthritis can’t wait for a cure. Our team offers improved access to help find relief as soon as possible via the many new therapies now available. We provide care to adult rheumatology patients along with a full infusion service delivering state-of-the-art biologic therapies and intravenous osteoporosis medication, also available for outside referrals.

Q.   What do Rheumatologists treat?

A.   Rheumatologists are specially trained to deal with different arthritic conditions, autoimmune disorders, metabolic bone diseases and soft tissue rheumatic conditions.