Rheumatology

The Rheumatology team at OSM P.C is dedicated to pursuing new knowledge and translating research findings into more effective diagnosis and treatment of patients with rheumatic diseases.

Rheumatic diseases can have a variety of causes including the normal "wear and tear" that we experience as we age. Osteoarthritis, the "wear and tear arthritis," is a common condition that presents itself in the form of joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Another type, rheumatoid arthritis, is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints and other parts of the body that can sometimes result in permanent joint damage and deformity. Rheumatoid arthritis afflicts about 1.3 million Americans, 75% of whom are women.

To determine which type you have, your doctor will ask about your medical history and do a physical exam. Blood test and X-rays may be necessary.

The New Generation of Osteoporosis Care with OSM, P.C

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. As a result, your bones become weak and may break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, even from sneezing or bumping into furniture. If diagnosed early, the fractures associated with the disease can often be prevented.

Treatment for prevention of management of osteoporosis is individualized to fit into your lifestyle and needs. Recommendations for optimizing bone health include a program that consist of a well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D., physical activity, and a healthy lifestyle.

Conditions Treated at OSM

  • Behcet's Disease
  • Bursitis
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Inflammatory Polyarthritis
  • Joint Pain Treatment
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pagets Disease
  • Polymyalgia
  • Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • (CPPD) Pseudogout
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Systematic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Vascuitis

Sheeja Frances, M.D.

Rheumatology