Everyone experiences aching joints every once in a while, but if your joint pain or swelling is interfering with your daily life, it may be time for you to see one of Carilion Clinic’s expert rheumatologists.
Rheumatologists are doctors who are specially trained to find the causes of musculoskeletal pain and swelling, including autoimmune connective tissue disorders. Identifying what causes pain is important because in many cases an early diagnosis means that treatment can get started while the disorder has the best chance of responding.
Among the disorders we treat are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, scleroderma, and osteoporosis.
Many musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases are chronic and complex, so your care will evolve over time and may involve other specialists. Carilion has all the resources you will need.
We know that every patient’s experience is unique, so we’ll work with you and your primary care doctor to create an individualized treatment plan that will treat your discomfort, reduce the signs and symptoms of the disorder, and help you improve your function.
We will assemble a multidisciplinary team that comprises all the specialty care providers that can help. That may include physicians from our orthopaedic, physical medicine and neurology departments; physical or occupational therapists; dietitians; psychologists or social workers; and any other specialized service providers.
To find out if we can help, call us at (540) 224-5170
Robert R. Johnson M.D., Chief