Rheumatology is the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions commonly referred to as rheumatic diseases. These diseases can affect the joints, muscles, and bones causing pain, swelling, stiffness and deformity. Among this group of diseases are many types of arthritis.
Autoimmune conditions occur when the immune system sends inflammation to areas of the body when it is not needed causing damage/symptoms. These diseases can also affect the eyes, skin, nervous system and internal organs.
Common diseases treated by rheumatologists include osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic back pain, tendinitis and lupus.
Many rheumatologists also conduct research to find a cause of and better treatment of a rheumatic disease.
IMA-Tupelo's Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Center is located at 845 S. Madison St. in Tupelo. Patients are seen by provider referral. For more information about IMA-Tupelo or the Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Center, please call (662) 377-5930.