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WHAT IS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?
JOHN MCCAHAN, MD ANSWERED:
Joints are made up of bones, cartilage, ligaments, and a membrane which surrounds the joint called synovium. Arthritis is thought to be inflammation or swelling in a joint but may be more accurately described as joint pain.
In general there are two categories of arthritis: degenerative and inflammatory. In degenerative joint disease, the cartilage has become excessively worn, typically through mechanical wear. This leads to joint malfunction, resulting in pain with activity. Inflammatory arthritis occurs when the immune system infiltrates a joint resulting in warmth, tenderness, swelling...[ read more ]
ARE YOUR RHEUMATOLOGISTS TAKING NEW PATIENTS? (W/FIBROMYALGIA, AUTO-IMMUNE DISORDER, REYNAUDS, OSTEO ARTHRITIS)?
Dianne, yes new patients are always welcome. Patient must have a referral from their primary care provider.[ read more ]
DO YOU TAKE MEDICARE WITH SUPPLEMENTARY INSURANCE AS SECONDARY?
Yes we take Medicare with supplementary insurance as secondary. In addition, we're preferred providers for Blue Cross Blue Shield, New West, Allegiance, Interwest, and United Healthcare.[ read more ]