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What Is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology, or the treatment of rheumatic diseases, include any diseases that cause:

  • pain,
  • stiffness, and
  • swelling in joints or other supportive body structures, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones.

In fact, the group of arthritis diseases falls under the category of rheumatic diseases.

Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are often mistakenly associated with old age, because osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis) occurs more often among older persons. However, arthritis and other rheumatic diseases affect people of all ages.

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Rheumatology Conditions

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Anti-phospholipid syndrome
  • Gout
  • Inflammatory muscle diseases
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polymyositis/dermatomyositis
  • Progressive systemic sclerosis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Vasculitis syndromes

Rheumatology Treatment

Our team of specialists are leaders in the field of rheumatology. After a diagnosis, we discuss treatment plan options with our patients to help make it so having a rheumatic disease doesn’t have to necessarily limit your lifestyle. With good management, a rheumatic disease often does not have to hinder your daily activities.


Vasculitis Clinic

The University of Utah Vasculitis Clinic is as a tertiary referral clinic for patients with with different forms of vasculitis. We provide expert, comprehensive care to patients with vasculitis, make experimental therapies available for patients who have failed more standard treatments, conduct high-quality basic science and clinical research in vasculitis.

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Progressive Systemic Sclerosis Clinic

The University of Utah's Progressive Systemic Sclerosis Clinic coordinates care for patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), also known as scleroderma. SSc is a connective tissue disease characterized by thickening and hardening of the skin and internal organs, vascular abnormalities, and abnormalities of the immune system.

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