Rheumatology is a branch of medicine that deals with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that primarily affect the body’s musculoskeletal system — joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Rheumatic diseases are more than just aches and pains. They can cause the immune system to attack the joints, muscles, bones, and organs.
Early diagnosis and treatment can slow the progression of many rheumatic diseases. Someone should see a rheumatologist if they have chronic joint or musculoskeletal pain that does not disappear or reoccurs after short-term treatment.
At Island Hospital, our rheumatologist collaborates closely with specialists from other medical disciplines to offer comprehensive patient care.
Procedures offered and conditions treated at Island Hospital include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Spondyloarthritis (ankylosing spondylitis)
• Psoriatic arthritis
• Arthritis related to inflammatory bowel disease
• Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
• Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma)
• Sjogren’s syndrome
• Mixed connective tissue disease
• Undifferentiated connective tissue diseases
• Antiphospholipid syndrome
• Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA/ Wegener’s granulomatosus)
• Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (eGPA/ Churg’s Strass)
• Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN)
• Microscopic polyangiitis (MPA)
• Giant Cell arteritis
• Takayasu arteritis
• Still’s disease
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Trigger finger
• Tendinitis, bursitis
• Osteoporosis and vitamin D deficiency