Rheumatic diseases or those dealing with the autoimmune system are sometimes complicated in nature and difficult to diagnose. When you have an autoimmune condition, your immune system sends inflammation to areas of the body when it is not needed causing damage and pain. This can affect your joints, muscles, bones, eyes, skin, nervous system and internal organs. The Kinisi rheumatology team includes specialists who are very experienced at identifying and treating these disorders.
Diagnosing your condition
Because rheumatic conditions are challenging to diagnose it is important to understand that several visits to the doctor may be needed to determine your diagnosis and the best treatment for you.
On your first visit you will go over a complete family history with your doctor, as well as the results of any tests you may have already had. Additional tests may be needed such as labs, x-rays, ultrasound, a CT scan or an MRI. The results from all of your tests will be reviewed with you to determine what is causing your symptoms.
During follow up visits your doctor may talk with you about medications, how to cope with your condition, ways to prevent disability, how to get your function back and ways to improve your quality of life. Your doctor will also consult with other physicians, specialists and you to create a customized care plan for you.
The rheumatology team at the Kinisi Institute treats the following conditions and more:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)
- Giant cell arteritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis