What is Rheumatology?
Rheumatology is a specialty in internal medicine dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases.
The term rheumatic disease is used to describe the many conditions that can affect the musculoskeletal system. These diseases can affect the bones, joints, blood vessels, soft tissues and muscles in the body. There are over two hundred diseases that fit under the category of rheumatic disease. These conditions range from the milder soft tissue rheumatism such as tennis elbow to the inflammation of joint linings as in rheumatoid arthritis to the damage to the surface of the joint as is seen in osteoarthritis.
Common rheumatic diseases include but are not limited to:
Osteoporosis *Osteoarthritis *Polymyositis
Juvenile chronic arthritis
Giant cell arteritis
Tennis & golfer's elbow
Wenshu Yu M.D., Rheumatologist
Dr. Yu is the medical director of Grand Mesa Rheumatology. She received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School at Worcester, Massachusetts and completed her general Internal Medicine residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Dr. Yu completed a Rheumatology Fellowship at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
When Should You See a Rheumatologist?
If musculoskeletal pains are not severe or disabling and last just a few days, it makes sense to give the problem a reasonable chance to be resolved. Sometimes, pain in the joints, muscles or bones is severe or persists for more than a few days. At that point, you should see your physician.
Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. Rheumatologists are specially trained to do the detective work necessary to discover the cause of swelling and pain. It's important to determine a correct diagnosis early so that appropriate treatment can begin early. Some musculoskeletal disorders respond best to treatment in the early stages of the disease.
Because some rheumatic diseases are complex, one visit to a rheumatologist may not be enough to determine a diagnosis and course of treatment. These diseases often change or evolve over time. Rheumatologists work closely with patients to identify the problem and design an individualized treatment program.
Rheumatic diseases may be treated using a number of medications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), acetaminophen, Steroids, Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDS)and Biologic drugs may be prescribed.
Grand Mesa Rheumatology is located in the Grand Mesa Cancer Infusion and Education Center, north of Delta County Memorial Hospital. Hours are 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday thru Thursday. Dr. Yu is accepting new patients by physician referral. Phone: 970-399-2890.
|1501 E. 3rd Street Delta, Colorado 81416 (970) 874-7681|