Arthritis & Rheumatology
Our goal is to help you be as active and pain-free as possible.
Our experts address disorders of the joints, ligaments, soft tissues and other systems in the body.
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At Indiana University Health Arthritis & Rheumatology, we want to help you manage your joint, muscle and connective tissue conditions through the use of appropriate medical treatment, and by educating you about your condition. Our goal is to help you stay as active and pain-free as possible. Whether you suffer from arthritis pain or a connective tissue disorder, we strive to help you manage your disease through both appropriate medical treatment and education about your condition.
Our board-certified rheumatologists care for patients with every rheumatic condition, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Tendinitis Vasculitis
Our success is backed by years of clinical experience, combined with the latest technology and treatments. We offer the highest level of care for patients with difficult-to-define symptoms and complex rheumatic conditions.
Diagnosing your condition
Inflammatory and immune disorders cause debilitating pain and swelling that keep you from enjoying an active life. Because these disorders can be very hard to diagnose, our team is dedicated to finding the correct diagnosis and developing an individualized treatment plan for you. The complex nature of rheumatic diseases means they often affect multiple systems in the body. We work closely with physicians in other fields, such as pulmonary and renal specialists, gastroenterologists and others to give you complete, multidisciplinary care.
We use a combination of the following methods to diagnose your condition:
- Clinical history—if you have had issues in the past
- Physical exam—your doctor will check your general health, painful joints, reflexes, muscle strength, as well as your ability to stand, bend, walk and carry objects
- X-rays—used to show how much joint damage has been done
- MRI—Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a very large magnet, a radio wave transmitter and a computer to create detailed pictures
- CT scan—a computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to obtain pictures of your body
- Other tests—such as blood tests to determine the cause of symptoms or removing fluid from your joint for inspection and analysis
Indiana University Health offers the latest treatment options to help you manage rheumatic diseases affecting joints, muscles and connective tissue. There are various treatment plans to manage pain and improve function of joints, including:
- Exercise— improve flexibility and blood flow, provide weight control and decrease pain
- Rest and joint support— use of a cane, crutches, walker, splints or braces; or stress reduction techniques, such as biofeedback
- Pain relief— use of heating pads, water therapy and ice packs
- Weight control— reduce stress on weight-bearing joints and limit further injury
- Medicines— reduce pain and improve functioning as well as biologic medications that work with the immune system to help it function better
- Surgery— resurface (smooth out) bones, reposition bones, replace joints or remove loose pieces of bone or cartilage to improve function
Collaboration with the Indiana University School of Medicine
We work closely with the Indiana University School of Medicine to bring our patients the latest research findings. The IU School of Medicine Division of Rheumatology performs research on a variety of rheumatology topics and also offers a fellowship in rheumatology.
Learn more about arthritis
To learn more about different types of arthritis, arthritis research, fundraising opportunities and ways to live better with arthritis, visit the Arthritis Foundation. The Arthritis Foundation is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of arthritis.