A rheumatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in arthritis and related diseases. Most often, a patient is referred to a rheumatologist by their primary care physician after presenting with symptoms of arthritis. We also welcome self referred patients with Arthritis or joint pain.
We Provide Expertise in:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sjögren’s Syndrome
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Connective Tissue Disease
- Paget’s Disease
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter. It is prescribed when a patient’s condition is so severe that it cannot be treated effectively by oral medications. Typically, “infusion therapy” means that a drug is administered intravenously.
Rheumatic Diseases commonly requiring infusion therapy include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus, Osteoporosis, and Gastrointestinal diseases. We also provide infusion therapy for some other diseases.
Receiving infusion from our office is very safe, convenient and extremely cost effective for the patient. All infusions are continually monitored by a registered nurse with years of experience and with the presence of an experienced board certified Rheumatologist.
Our staff will assist each patient with financial assistance and payment arrangements that meets their needs.
What is done during a joint injection?
Joint injections or aspirations (taking fluid out of a joint) usually are performed with a cold spray or other local anesthesia in the office. After the skin surface is thoroughly cleaned, the joint is entered with a needle attached to a syringe. At this point, either joint fluid can be obtained (aspirated) and used for appropriate laboratory testing or medications can be injected into the joint space. This technique also applies to injections into a bursa or tendon sheath to treat bursitis and tendonitis, respectively.
What benefit is derived from a joint aspiration?
Joint aspiration usually is done for help with diagnosis or treatment. Fluid obtained from a joint aspiration can be examined by the physician or sent for laboratory analysis. Drainage of a large joint effusion can provide pain relief and improved mobility. Injection of a drug into the joint may yield complete or short-term relief of symptoms.
What benefit is derived from a joint injection?
Joint injections may decrease the accumulation of fluid in the joint and may temporarily decrease pain and stiffness. They may be given to treat inflammatory joint conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendonitis, bursitis and, osteoarthritis.
What usually is injected into the joint space?
Corticosteroids frequently are used. They are anti-inflammatory agents that slow down the accumulation of cells responsible for producing inflammation and pain within the joint space. Hyaluronic acid is a viscous lubricating substance that may relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee for periods up to 6–12 months.
Clinical Research Trials
What is Clinical Trials?
Clinical Trials are research studies designed to test the safety and effectiveness of new medications and treatments. Clinical trials are required by the Food and Drug Administration before a drug and/or treatment plan can be released to the public market.
Can I participate in a research study?
Research studies in our office are open to all our patients who meet the standard requirements, set forth by the company sponsoring the study. A licensed member of our team regularly views the patient files and may contact you if you qualify.
How do I participate?
We are participating in and actively recruiting for patients to participate in clinical trials for several types of disease.
If you are interested to participate in trials please contact our study coordinator, at our office 281-724-186 EXT 599.
We now offer in-house laboratory services.