Rheumatology

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About Rheumatology

At Clear Lake Arthritis Clinic, we connect with patients, build solid relationships, and improve outcomes. By taking a personal approach to treatment, our physicians provide the type of individualized care you need. Compassion and understanding is at the forefront of our medical philosophy. Clear Lake Arthritis Clinic strives for excellence in medical care and patient satisfaction.

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
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sjögren’s Syndrome
  • Vasculitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Polymyositis
  • Bursitis/Tendonitis
  • Paget’s Disease
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Infusion Therapy

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 meet their needs.

Joint Injection
  • 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 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 benefit is derived from a joint aspiration?

Joint aspiration usually is done to 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 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.

Rheumatology FAQ

The cause of RA is not yet fully understood, although doctors do know that an abnormal response of the immune system plays a leading role in the inflammation and joint damage that occurs.

The process of diagnosing lupus can be difficult because the signs and symptoms vary from person to person. Such signs and symptoms of lupus may vary over time and overlap with those of many other disorders.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include widespread pain, jaw pain in stiffness, stiffness or pain in the morning and tingling and numbness in the hands and feet.

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