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Best of the BurgWelcome to Mary Washington Rheumatology, where our mission is to provide exceptional and compassionate care to adults dealing with rheumatic diseases. Our expert rheumatology team specializes in the treatment of conditions affecting joints, soft tissues, and connective tissues, with a focus on autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders, and osteoporosis. Additionally, we offer initial consultations for musculoskeletal pain concerns.

There are more than 100 types of rheumatic diseases, including but not limited to, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, systemic sclerosis, systemic vasculitis, osteoarthritis, gout, spondyloarthropathy, osteoporosis and psoriatic arthritis. Many of these are very serious diseases that can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Many of the autoimmune diseases may require various blood tests and imaging modalities to best help diagnose and plan treatment.

How does the rheumatologist work with other healthcare professionals?

Patients with autoimmune disease are usually complex patients requiring multi specialty care. A team work approach, involving various specialists, is often required to help diagnose and manage complicated autoimmune conditions.

We often work with a team of providers in the community to help treat our patients including primary care physician, various sub specialists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and mental health providers.

What should I do if I think I have a rheumatic or autoimmune disease?

If you suspect that you may have a rheumatic or autoimmune disease, we recommend starting with an initial evaluation by your primary care provider. Discuss your symptoms and concerns with them, and they can arrange further testing if necessary. If your primary care provider suspects an underlying autoimmune condition, they may refer you to our office.

Please note that masking is optional at all MWHC facilities. However, if you experience respiratory symptoms on the day of your appointment, we kindly request that you wear a mask to protect yourself, fellow patients, and our staff. Additionally, you are welcome to bring up to two support persons or parents with you into the office during your visit.

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