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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. The rheumatology department of Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital is renowned for the high quality services it provides to patients from all demographics, serving mainly the Los Angeles community.

Experience Significant Pain Relief

If you struggle with a rheumatic disease, our physicians will efficiently help you alleviate your discomfort and pain. With years of professional experience, our rheumatologists will firstly 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. The latter are known as autoimmune rheumatic diseases. 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
  • gout
  • infectious arthritis
  • juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • lupus
  • osteoarthritis
  • polymyalgia rheumatic
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • reactive arthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • scleroderma

We Treat Rheumatic Disease with Minimal Side Effects

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our rheumatologists will always strive to prescribe you the medication with the fewest side effects so that you can enjoy a carefree life without distressing symptoms. 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 medication prescribed to people who suffer from rheumatic diseases are:

  • non-narcotic analgesics
  • narcotic analgesics
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • corticosteroids
  • disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs
  • biologic response modifiers

Early diagnosis is crucial when it comes to rheumatic diseases, as it will allow your rheumatologist to timely prescribe you the medication you need. If left untreated, rheumatoid diseases will usually develop at a fast pace, taking a heavy toll on your health and quality of life. Thereby, if you struggle with bothersome symptoms, please seek medical attention as soon as possible so that you can benefit from the most effective treatment available for your specific rheumatic disease.

Multiple Tests for Accurate Results

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

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, which will lead to a prompt treatment to alleviate your pain. 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.

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