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Rheumatology

Helping you find relief from rheumatic pain

Living with pain from arthritis or other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones can be difficult. At St. Luke's Rheumatology Associates, we are committed to the detection and treatment of these conditions. Our rheumatology specialists will work with your primary care provider and other members of your health care team to manage chronic musculoskeletal disorders, to help you function as normally as possible.

Some of the conditions that we treat include:

  • Gout/pseudogout (or 'false gout')
  • Inflammatory muscle diseases
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendonitis/bursitis

What is a rheumatic disease?
A rheumatic disease is one that affects the musculoskeletal system. This system consists of your joints, ligaments, bones and muscles. These conditions often cause chronic pain, stiffness and swelling. Many forms of arthritis are rheumatic diseases.

Rheumatic diseases are autoimmune disorders. Normally, your body’s immune system only attacks harmful invaders that enter the body. Rheumatic diseases cause a malfunction in this system and the immune system starts to attack healthy body tissues. It’s unknown what exactly causes this, though genetic factors, smoking and pollution can all play a part.

How are rheumatic diseases treated?
Most rheumatic conditions cannot be “cured.” However, rheumatologists can treat the symptoms of the condition to help you manage the pain and live your life without discomfort. A combination of different treatments can help keep muscle, tissue and joints healthy to reduce inflammation. A rheumatic treatment plan may consist of the following:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Diet recommendations
  • Other lifestyle changes

Referral required for this service. If you need one, talk to your primary care provider.

To establish care with a St. Luke’s primary care provider, call 218.249.4000 or find a clinic near you.

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