Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for adult patients while
allowing them to stay close to home. Our emphasis is on patient focused care.
Rheumatology is a sub-specialty in internal medicine devoted to the diagnosis
and therapy of rheumatic diseases. Rheumatologists mainly deal with clinical
problems involving joints, soft tissues and allied conditions of connective
tissues. Our rheumatologists treat arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases,
musculoskeletal pain disorders and osteoporosis. There are more than 100
types of these diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis,
gout, lupus, back pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. Some
of these are very serious diseases that can be difficult to diagnose and treat.
The staff of Mary Washington Medical Group Rheumatology treats patients
with compassion and concern. Thank you for choosing Mary Washington Medical
How Does the Rheumatologist Work with Other Health Care Professionals?
The role the rheumatologist plays in health care depends on several factors
and needs. Typically the rheumatologist works with other physicians, sometimes
acting as a consultant to advise another physician about a specific diagnosis
and treatment plan. In other situations, the rheumatologist acts as a
manager, relying upon the help of many skilled professionals including
nurses, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists and social
workers. Team work is important, since musculoskeletal disorders are chronic.
Health care professionals can help people with musculoskeletal diseases
and their families cope with the changes the diseases cause in their lives.