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Important Rheumatology Terms

Receiving a diagnosis of a disease which affects the joints can be devastating. Rheumatoid ailments affect not only adults, but juveniles as well. In order to have a better, more comprehensive understanding of joint diseases whether pediatric or adult, we must first understand the terminology associated with these ailments. Below are several popular terms to know when talking to your doctor about one's diagnosis.

  • Rheumatology - Rheumatology is the branch of adult or pediatric medicine in which, doctors focus on the study and research of rheumatic diseases. These ailments can range from lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, to fibromyalgia and osteoporosis.
  • Endocrinology - The branch of adult or pediatric medicine which focuses on the endocrine systems and its secretions.
  • Lupus - One of several diseases which typically affect the skin, causing lesions. Systemic Lupus can also affect the joints as well as other systems of the body.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis - A chronic autoimmune disease typically characterized by inflammation and swelling of the joints. This inflammation eventually causes deformities in conjunction with severe pain and chronic stiffness.
  • Fibromyalgia - A rheumatoid syndrome wherein fatigue and debilitating headaches accompany severe joint and muscle pain.
  • Osteoporosis - A disorder in which the bones become porous and brittle. This may result in skeletal deformities, loss of height and frequent fractures. Calcium deficiency is usually the primary factor which causes osteoporosis.
  • Osteoarthritis - A chronic breakdown of the cartilage between the joints such as the knees, hands and hips. This breakdown results in joint pain, swelling and stiffness, and is a common ailment occurring sometime during or after middle age.
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    Swamy Venuturupalli MD FACR
    8737 Beverly Blvd, Suite 302, Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Dr. R Swamy Venuturupalli is Clinical Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center as well as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA.
    (310) 659-9959
    Susan Baker MD
    436 North Bedford Drive, #211, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Dr. Baker specializes in treating adults and adolescents with arthritis and diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue. She helps patients with a wide range of symptoms .
    (310) 274-7770
    Freedom Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center
    26357 Mcbean Pkwy Ste 235, Valencia, CA 91355
    Medical center specializing in treatments for arthritis and osteoporosis-related conditions. Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and more. Treatment for knee, hand, back & neck pain.
    (661) 254-1202
    Arthritis & Osteoporosis Medical Center
    5451 La Palma Ave Ste 25, La Palma, CA 90623
    (714) 670-1340
    James R Ryba MD
    11100 Warner Ave Ste 250, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    (714) 549-8905
    Rheumatology Offices
    12791 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
    (714) 505-5500
    Dr. Nimesh Ladhawala
    19716 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
    (909) 598-7718
    Lee Chiropractic
    3500 Barranca Pkwy Ste 310, Irvine, CA 92606
    (949) 552-2100
    Osteo-Arthritis Centuries of Ame
    23430 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
    (310) 373-0555
    Arthritis Treatment Center of South Bay
    23441 Madison St Ste 100, Torrance, CA 90505
    (310) 373-0340
    Hwang Jimmy H
    223 N Garfield Ave Ste 300, Monterey Park, CA 91754
    (626) 571-9806
    Arthritis & Pain Institute
    644 E Regent St, Inglewood, CA 90301
    (310) 419-5888
    Facey Medical Group Alhambra
    207 S Santa Anita Ave Ste 205, San Gabriel, CA 91776
    (626) 576-0800
    Rheumatology Associates of So Calif
    575 E Hardy St, Inglewood, CA 90301
    (310) 672-8921
    Arthritis & Rheumatology Consultants
    488 E Santa Clara St Ste 104, Arcadia, CA 91006
    (626) 357-6808

    The field of rheumatology is an extensive one that encompasses a number of conditions and disorders. You might make an appointment if you have a common disease like gout, bursitis or arthritis. Rheumatologists also work with some lesser known conditions, like sponsylitis, ankylosing and henoch. This specialist deals with autoimmune disorders like fibromyalgia, sclerosis and lupus. This article provides an overview of rheumatology, including brief descriptions of some of the most common types of disorders rheumatologists typically treat. Rheumatology is a specialty field that requires four years of medical school, three years of training in internal medicine or pediatrics, and another two to three years specilaizing in rheumatology or endocrinology. Rheumatology doctors often work with other physicians or health care providers in coordinating a treatment for a specific condition. Because chronic pain can be a common symptom of a rheumatology condition, like osteoarthritis and polyarthritis when joints become inflamed, these doctors often administer cortisone injections and prescribe other types of pain relieving treatment. Many of the disorders that fall under the umbrella of rheumatology, including arthritis, lupus and osteoporosis, are chronic in nature. Chronic disorders mean that there is no cure. Treatmebnt is primarily focused on dealing with symptoms as they develop. Other rheumatology diseases, like gout and bursitis, can be thoroughly treated. Many patients enter a rheumatology office when they develop severe, ongoing pain from inflamed joints or muscles. The diseases are often complex to diagnose and may take some time to identify. Once the disorder is correctly named, the rheumatology doctor can work with the patient to come up with an effective treatment plan.
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