Rheumatology & Arthritis Care - Milwaukee, WI - Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

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Rheumatology Care

Services to Help You Keep Moving

Our rheumatology experts help patients deal with a broad range of illnesses that can affect the joints, muscles and bones. Because rheumatic diseases are sometimes complex, we work closely with patients over a period of time to identify the problem and customize a treatment program that best suits each individual’s needs.

Rheumatology

Common Conditions

  • Arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic) 
  • Certain autoimmune diseases (systemic lupus, scleroderma) 
  • Musculoskeletal pain disorders 
  • Osteoporosis

Rheumatic diseases can affect virtually any part of the body. Swelling and redness are indications of inflammation, a common symptom of rheumatic disease. Pain and other symptoms that affect daily function are also typical.

How We Can Help You

Our rheumatologist has special training and experience in diagnosing and treating these diseases and is able to provide a range of clinical services:

  • Evaluation 
  • Consultation and treatment 
  • Joint aspirations (fluid removal) 
  • Joint injections 
  • Review of bone densities and discussion on management of osteoporosis 
  • IV infusions for arthritis, osteoporosis, and other conditions 
  • Referrals for physical therapy, nutrition counseling and other specialists as needed.

Specialists in Psoriasis Care

Psoriasis is a chronic disease that affects the skin, and it is caused by a disorder of the immune system that causes heavy growth of skin cells. In addition to its unsightly appearance, about 10 to 30 percent of people with psoriasis get psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints. The hands, feet, wrists, ankles and lower back are most commonly affected.

A number of treatment options are offered to help patients manage, reduce and eliminate symptoms related to psoriasis, including:

  • Topical - Medications applied to the skin slow the growth of skin cells and reduce swelling. 
  • Ultraviolet Phototherapy - ultraviolet light slows the rapid growth of skin cells. 
  • Oral/Systemic - Medications affect the entire body, and are used for patients with conditions that don’t improve with other treatments. 
  • Biologics - Protein-based medications designed to stop psoriasis at its source, the immune system.

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