Rheumatology is the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, bones, muscles and connective tissue. Rheumatologic conditions can be painful and disruptive.
Affinity Health System’s board-certified rheumatologists provide diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care for people with rheumatologic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and other conditions affecting the body's connective tissue and autoimmune function.
No two patients are alike, so Affinity rheumatologists design a care plan just for you. We strive to provide the best rheumatologic care in Northeast Wisconsin. At Affinity Medical Group clinics in Menasha, Oshkosh and New London, we provide expert care for joint, bone and muscle problems, close to home.
Rheumatologists work closely with other professionals who deal with musculoskeletal health. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurse educators, biofeedback specialists and psychologists may participate in your care. If you need specific medications, an IV infusion nurse is available.
Conditions We Treat
Patients see the specialists in the Affinity Rheumatology department for many conditions. Some of the most common conditions we treat include:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- systemic lupus erythematosis
- temporal arteritis (giant cell arteritis)
- polymyalgia rheumatica
- Lyme disease
- ankylosing spondylitis
- psoriatic arthritis
- polymyositis, dermatomyositis
- juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Still's disease
- discoid lupus
- tendonitis, bursitis
When to See a Rheumatologist
Any musculoskeletal pains are cause for concern, but if your pain isn’t severe and lasts just a short time, it may go away on its own. When pain is severe or doesn’t go away after a few days, you should call your doctor. Your primary care doctor can refer you to an Affinity rheumatologist if needed, who can investigate your symptoms. The earlier a doctor diagnoses a rheumatologic condition, the better.
How to Get an Appointment
If your primary care doctor thinks your joint, bone or muscle problem may be due to a rheumatologic condition, your doctor will refer you to an Affinity rheumatologist for a consultation. To make sure you get the appropriate care, a referral from your doctor is the only way to get an appointment with an Affinity rheumatologist.
Before your appointment, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire about your heath. Please complete the form and have it with you at your appointment.
The Affinity Rheumatology department presents educational talks and support groups for patients, families and community members about four times each year. Schedules appear in the newspaper and in the Rheumatology department. Or, call Affinity NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900.
Helpful Web Sites
Healthwell Foundation - non-profit, charitable organization that helps individuals afford prescription medications they are taking for specific illnesses. The Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible patients to cover certain out-of-pocket health care costs ($1400 annual cap)
Patient Access Network - non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the needs of patients that cannot access the treatments they need due to out-of-pocket health care costs.
Patient Services Incorporated (PSI) - committed to assisting persons with chronic medical illnesses in accessing health insurance and pharmacy co-payment assistance.