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Arthritis is a disease that leads to joint pain, stiffness, and damage.  There are different forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis, which are treated in very different ways and require proper diagnosis to treat effectively.

Rheumatology is a medical sub-specialty focused on diseases and conditions related to musculoskeletal disease and autoimmune conditions (rheumatic diseases). These conditions most often result in join pain, swelling, damage, and reduced mobility.

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States affecting 54 million people.  Other rheumatic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and more affect millions of other individuals.

The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis are:
• Pain in hands, knees, feet, shoulders, back, or other joints
• Stiffness
• Swelling
• Redness
• Reduced mobility or range of motion

A rheumatologist specializes in diagnosing and treating joint and musculoskeletal pain caused by a variety of auto-immune and other diseases or conditions.  They are specifically trained to identify the root cause of pain caused by complicated conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, gout, and others.

Some arthritis and related chronic pain conditions can lead to long-term reduced function of feet, hands, or limbs.  Other conditions such as osteoarthritis can lead to joint damage requiring complicated surgery to repair.

Rheumatology and arthritis treatment options have advanced significantly in recent years. Some conditions can be treated with physical therapy, but most rheumatology diseases require some kind of medications to address the underlying cause of pain.  These medications come in the form of oral medications, injections, or infusions.

Yes. Medical plans are required to cover visits and treatments for most rheumatology and arthritis care.  Arthritis Clinic of Central Utah is contracted with and accepts nearly all major insurance plans including Medicare, Select Health, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and more.

Arthritis Clinic of Central Utah maintains significantly lower wait times than other rheumatology clinics in Utah and Salt Lake Counties.  Call to speak with our friendly staff in our Provo office at 801-818-1940, and they will instruct you how to complete any paperwork and insurance verification.

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