Arthritis & Rheumatology
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At Indiana University Health, we help you manage arthritis so you can stay as active and pain-free as possible. Our rheumatology physicians treat a range of rheumatic conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, scleroderma and bursitis.
At Indiana University Health University Hospital, our rheumatologists work with you and your primary care physician to evaluate your symptoms and design a treatment plan that manages your condition with innovative treatments and techniques. Rheumatic diseases often affect more than one system in your body, so your comprehensive care may include healthcare professionals such as pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and podiatrists.
We focus on teaching you about the whys and hows of your disease so that you can be proactive in your treatment. Our network of affiliates located across the state gives you access to follow-up care closer to where you live. Satellite offices throughout Indianapolis and are equipped with infusion therapy services for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.
As part of a successful treatment plan, our rheumatology specialists educate patients on how diet and exercise can help joint, muscle and connective tissue conditions. A balanced diet, including vitamin- and mineral-rich fruits and vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids, can help reduce swelling and inflammation in joints, as well as help patients achieve an optimal weight. In addition, exercises to increase range of motion, strength and endurance can help patients manage pain and reduce arthritis symptoms.
Personalized, comprehensive services include the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic care of rheumatic diseases. As a hospital-based clinic, we have access to every possible resource, including orthopedic surgery, physical and occupational rehabilitation services and musculoskeletal ultrasound, when needed.
Often, patients suffering from rheumatology diseases benefit from medicine to relieve pain and inflammation and improve function. Medication options may include:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen
- Prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication
- Topical ointments
- Glucocorticoids (steroids), which are given orally or injected into the joint to relieve inflammation
- Disease modifying and remitting drugs (DMARDS)
- Biologic response modifiers, which are highly specific agents that are created in the lab to attack the immune system at a cellular level. They upset the immune system responses to prevent bone damage and significantly slow down the disease.
Infusion therapies, where patients can receive biologics or other medicines, are offered at five of our satellite locations.
Our physical therapy programs are specifically designed to help patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory conditions retain, or regain, normal activity levels. Physical therapists provide individualized assessments for every patient and develop an exercise plan to help increase strength and flexibility and avoid joint problems as the disease progresses. With focused therapy, you can achieve your goal of remaining on the move.