Rheumatology

Your Health. Your Hospital

As a branch of medicine concerning the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases, rheumatology deals with health issues such as autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that cause the immune system to attack the joints, muscle, bones and organs. Our rheumatologists are extensively trained and highly experienced, which is why they will treat you with utmost professionalism and care, regardless of the complexity or severity of your disease.

Experience Significant Pain Relief

With years of professional experience, our rheumatologists will first evaluate your overall health to assign you a correct and accurate diagnosis and subsequently design a personalized and effective treatment plan for your specific needs.

The majority of rheumatic diseases refer to arthritis, which can be of many types. However, there are also other rheumatic diseases, which are the result of the immune system responding aggressively to parts of the body such as joints, muscles, bones, and organs.

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we diagnose and treat every rheumatic disease, regardless of the severity or complexity of the case, including:

  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • fibromyalgia
  • infectious arthritis
  • lupus
  • osteoarthritis
  • polymyalgia rheumatic
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • reactive arthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • scleroderma

We Treat Rheumatic Disease with Minimal Side Effects

If left untreated, rheumatoid diseases will usually develop at a fast pace, taking a heavy toll on your health and quality of life.

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, depending on the specific rheumatic disease you suffer from, the severity of the disease, the intensity of your symptoms, and, last but not least, your general health, our rheumatologists will recommend you the most effective and the safest medication.

The sooner your rheumatic disease is diagnosed, the better your prognosis will be, so we encourage you to avoid postponing coming to the hospital to have your health evaluated.

Some of the most common medications prescribed to people who suffer from rheumatic diseases are:

  • non-narcotic analgesics
  • narcotic analgesics
  • NSAIDs
  • corticosteroids
  • disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs
  • biologic response modifiers

Multiple Tests for Accurate Results

Several decades ago, rheumatic diseases were usually found in advanced stages, when treatment was no longer effective in providing the pain relief the patient needed. Nevertheless, by virtue of the state-of-the-art technology our hospital is equipped with, we can timely diagnose these diseases.

When you come to Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital with a potential rheumatic disease, our specialists will first assess your general health, following which they will order imaging tests such as CT scans or MRI scans for a correct and precise diagnosis.

However, in addition to these initial tests and exams, our rheumatologists will also employ one or multiple of the following to accurately pinpoint the source of your physical distress:

  • antinuclear antibody
  • arthrocentesis
  • complement level
  • complete blood count
  • creatinine
  • erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  • hematocrit
  • latex test
  • rheumatoid factor test
  • urinalysis
  • white blood cell count
  • inflammatory markers

For a complete health evaluation and a precise diagnosis, please come to Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, where our rheumatologists will actively listen to you and treat you with consideration and compassion.