Dr. Perkins and Dr. Kramm looking at an xray

Why CCAO?

Experience Counts

Founded in 1998, our mission at Colorado Center for Arthritis and Osteoporosis is to provide expert, caring treatment to patients in Colorado and the surrounding region who suffer from any of the wide variety of rheumatic diseases. We are driven to provide the very best care available in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region for arthritic, autoimmune and metabolic bone disorders.

While our expertise lies most heavily in the area of treating autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, we are happy to assist you in the evaluation and medical management of non-inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders as well, whether common or esoteric. From rheumatoid arthritis to vasculitis, from gout to lupus, from fibromyalgia to bursitis, we will apply our expertise to the diagnosis and treatment of your patients with musculoskeletal and rheumatic complaints.

The advent of biologic therapies for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions in the last decade has produced a dramatic change in the way that patients with these disorders are treated. Prior to 1998, there was only a single medication available that had been specifically developed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. As of 2009, there are at least 10 new medications available for this relatively common disorder, with one or more new medications being released every year. With these new tools has come a marked improvement in our ability to prevent joint damage and deformity due to rheumatoid arthritis. Since joint damage from RA begins early in the disease, early diagnosis and appropriately aggressive treatment can have a dramatic effect on a patient’s long-term quality of life.

It is not uncommon for non-rheumatic conditions to present with musculoskeletal or other symptoms suggestive of a rheumatic disorder. Sometimes a rheumatologist’s greatest contribution to the care of a patient is to rule out one of “our diseases” and assist in the diagnosis of a non-rheumatic condition. We welcome the challenge of assisting you with these diagnostic dilemmas whenever we can.

Strong Communication

We believe very strongly in the central role of the primary care provider in the care of patients with rheumatic diseases. We view our role as supportive to the PCP’s role in coordinating the care of our mutual patients. All of our patients must maintain an active relationship with a PCP.

Consistent with this philosophy, CCAO works hard to keep the lines of communication open with each patient’s primary care provider and any other involved specialists. When you refer one of your patients to us, you will receive a detailed consultation note promptly after our initial evaluation. In addition, you will receive a copy of each follow-up visit note. We will also send you all laboratory results generated in our office. Not only does this show respect for the referring provider, but it also greatly facilitates the care of our mutual patients.

Occasionally, treatment of a rheumatic condition may require alterations in the treatment of other conditions that a patient may have. We respect the PCP as “captain of the ship” and always endeavor to discuss such issues with the PCP directly before suggesting any changes in therapy for other conditions.

If we discover a problem that lies outside of our area of expertise, we will refer the patient back to their PCP for evaluation and management. And of course, we welcome any questions or concerns that you may have regarding the management of your patients at CCAO.

Caring, patient-centered experience

At CCAO, our first priority is to serve our patients’ needs. Many patients referred to us are facing painful and disabling symptoms, the cause of which is often unknown. They may be worried that they have rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or worse. They are often anxious about the effect that their disease may have on their ability to work and care for themselves and their families. From the first call to CCAO to schedule an appointment, your patient will know that we care about him or her as an individual.

We are constantly assessing every aspect of our interaction with our patients to find areas for improvement, from the handling of telephone calls, to patient wait times, to assistance with insurance issues, to interactions with clinical staff. As a result, your patients will feel the difference at CCAO. Examples of the extra touches that your patients can expect include easy phone access to a “real person” for scheduling, refill requests or clinical questions; coffee and tea while they wait for their appointment; and convenient in-office phlebotomy with one of the most skilled and gentle nursing staffs in Colorado.


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