Rheumatology Services

Expert care for pain in your muscles, joints and bones

Senior woman exercising in a park with friends - stock photo
Senior woman exercising in a park with friends

Our approach to rheumatology

We understand the serious impact that rheumatic diseases such as arthritis can have on your day-to-day life. Simple movements, such as raising your arms or walking, can become difficult and painful. 

That’s why our team of specialists is committed to helping you manage your muscle and joint symptoms and improve your specific situation. Through a blend of therapy, injections, exercise and nutrition, we'll create a personalized plan that helps you move as smoothly and painlessly as possible.

Conditions we treat

  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • gout
  • vasculitis
  • lupus (autoimmune disease that affects multiple joints and organ systems)
  • ankylosing spondylitis (joint pain at the base of the spine)
  • Sjogren’s syndrome (autoimmune disease that affects the eyes and mouth)
  • osteoporosis

Tests and treatments

We specialize in treating many rheumatic conditions. Our care team customizes treatment plans for each person and focuses on helping them live their life to the fullest while managing symptoms such as pain. 

Treatment may include one or more options, such as:

Medication therapy

Depending on your diagnosis and lifestyle, medication may be right for you. Your doctor will discuss medication options with you, their possible side effects and alternative options.

Therapeutic injections

Intra-articular and soft tissue injections and aspirations may be helpful for many musculoskeletal conditions. These injections typically contain local anesthetic for pain relief and corticosteroids to help treat inflammation. Some injections may be called cortisone shots.

Exercise plans

Treating the whole body can help manage symptoms and damage. Our specialists will work within your abilities and create a fitness routine that works.

Targeted nutrition plans

Eating well can help manage symptoms of many diseases. Anti-inflammatory diets can be particularly helpful to those with musculoskeletal health concerns. Our specialists will work with you to develop a plan that meets your health needs and keeps your preferences in mind.

Personalized plans

Your rheumatic condition is unique to you. We believe its care should be, too. That's why we start by listening. Your story and concerns are crucial to crafting a personalized plan that manages your symptoms and addresses your personal needs.

Diverse treatment options

Here, treatment isn't one-size-fits-all. Everyone's preferences and needs are slightly different. Whenever possible, we present multiple care options, including medication, therapeutic injections and exercise and nutrition plans.

Collaboration across specialties

Muscle, joint and bone conditions tend to call for multiple areas of care. We routinely work closely with other WellSpan specialists for comprehensive care that feels seamless.