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Rheumatologists handle clinical problems of the joints, soft tissues and autoimmune diseases. Recent medical findings and medical technology advances made possible a better knowledge and understanding of rheumatic conditions, and as a result, many of these are now recognized as disorders of the immune system.

Experience Significant Pain Relief

If you suffer from a rheumatic condition, the physical therapists at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will efficiently help you alleviate your discomfort

The so-called classic rheumatic conditions are belonging to a large category that groups the many types of arthritis. Common signs of arthritis include red, swollen joints, inflamed cartilages and tendons. Other rheumatic conditions fall into the category of autoimmune diseases, characterized by an aggressive response of the immune system to parts of the body. The most common rheumatic conditions that medical experts at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital deal with include:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Infectious arthritis
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatic
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma

Treatment of Rheumatic Conditions - Minimal Side Effects

Our experienced physicians will always try to prescribe you the drugs with the least side effects

Based on the specific rheumatic condition, its severity, duration and prognosis, as well as on the overall health of the patient, treatments may include medication for pain and inflammation, or condition-specific medication. As a general rule, the earlier the health condition is diagnosed and treated, the better the chances to successfully control or halt its development. Common medications plans applied in rheumatic conditions involve:

  • Non-narcotic analgesics
  • Narcotic analgesics
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents or NSAIDs
  • Corticosteroids
  • Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or DMARDs
  • Biologic response modifiers

Early diagnosis and treatment is often crucial, because neglected rheumatic conditions can harm heart activity and function, and may lead to complex, more severe health conditions.

Multiple Tests for Accurate Results

In addition to in-depth physical examination and various imaging techniques, we offer numerous other relevant tests such as arthrocentesis

Treatment at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital starts in each case with an in-depth physical exam, usually followed by X-rays and MRI. Further testing is based on the findings of primary tests, and includes:

  • Antinuclear antibody (ANA)
  • Arthrocentesis (joint aspiration)
  • Complement level
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Creatinine
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  • Hematocrit
  • Latex test
  • Rheumatoid factor test
  • Urinalysis
  • White blood cell count (WBC)

In the not so distant past autoimmune diseases were often identified mostly in their advanced states. Thanks to recent progresses of medical technology, medical experts are now able to diagnose such diseases in their early stage, which improves significantly the chance of successful therapies.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the most effective precautions to be taken after receiving an injection consists of applying ice to the affected area.

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints.

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Yes. Exercising is actually beneficial for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, as it helps relieve pain and joint stiffness. However, you should discuss with your physician regarding what type of exercise you are allowed to engage in with your condition.

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Minor side effects such as soreness or bruising may appear at the site of the injection.

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It has been estimated that about 1-2% of the people in the US suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and commonly affects women.

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