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For Patients

At the Colorado Center for Arthritis and Osteoporosis, we specialize in rheumatology, a subspecialty of medicine that deals with disorders of the joints, bones, connective tissues, and immune system. We treat many diseases, from the common to the very rare, including arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and osteoporosis.

Our providers use the combination of careful patient history, thorough physical examination, and selected diagnostic testing (e.g., blood work, X-rays, ultrasound, etc) in an attempt to arrive at a diagnosis. Many patients have conditions that “do not fit in a box,” so rheumatologists have to be comfortable with uncertainty. We do our best to try to establish a diagnosis or at least “rule out” potential causes. In doing so, we can provide an idea of what can be expected from the disease in the future (prognosis) and also help craft a plan for treatment heading forward. While rheumatologists do not perform surgery, they work closely with orthopedists and other surgeons when surgery is necessary to treat their patients.

The diseases we see often affect multiple areas of the body, and many of our patients are seeing multiple health care providers. Our providers closely communicate with referring physicians and other specialists on a regular basis. We know that it is essential to maintain close contact with them in order to avoid errors and miscommunication. In doing so, all your providers can work as a team for the benefit of your health and well-being.


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