Springfield Clinic Rheumatology is composed of highly experienced doctors who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and research of illnesses and conditions affecting the:

  • Joints
  • Muscles
  • Skin
  • Internal organs

Springfield Clinic Rheumatology is comprised of physicians who collaborate with one another to provide comprehensive evaluations and organized care that improves the quality of life for those affected by rheumatoid arthritis and associated disorders.

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most debilitating forms of arthritis, causing joints to ache and swell and eventually become deformed. The disorder's cause is unknown, but it's believed to be the body's immune system attacking the synovium — the tissue that lines one's joints. Rheumatic diseases may cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints and other supporting body structures, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. However, rheumatic diseases can affect other areas of the body, including internal organs. Some rheumatic diseases involve connective tissues (called connective tissue diseases), while others may be caused by an autoimmune disorder, which means the body's immune system attacks its own healthy cells and tissues.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 2.1 million Americans, generally striking between the ages of 20 and 50. There is no known cure. But with proper treatment, a strategy for joint protection, and changes in lifestyle, you can live a long, productive life with this condition.