Caring for Your Joints, Muscles and Bones

You might have minor aches and pains or a chronic condition of the joints, muscles and bones. At Sanford Health, rheumatology specialists will see you for all of the above.

Rheumatology involves arthritis and more than 100 related diseases. They can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in your joints. They also can cause pain in other parts of your body. Your treatment can involve your doctor and a team of specialists.

Common conditions our rheumatology specialists treat include:

  • Arthritis

  • Rheumatism

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

  • Behcet's disease

  • Dermatomyositis

  • Gout and pseudogout

  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis

  • Lupus (SLE)

  • Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)

  • Osteoporosis

  • Reiter's syndrome

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Scleroderma

  • Temporal arthritis

  • Vasculitis

  • Wegener's granulomatosis


Talk to your primary care doctor if you’re experiencing:

  • Joint pain lasting longer than a week at a time

  • Joint swelling

  • Reduced joint pain during an activity, but worse joint pain while resting

  • Stiffness in the joints that lasts beyond mornings

  • Redness or warmth around a joint


Every case of joint pain is different. Each of the over 100 types of arthritis needs a different treatment plan. Your rheumatologist will personalize your treatment plan to your individual case and explore your treatment options, including medications and joint injections, with you. Our joint care specialists provide comprehensive support to help relieve your joint pain.

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