What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the Internal Medicine subspecialty related to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of disorders, most of which involve the musculoskeletal system. 

Joints, tendons, muscles, and bones are commonly affected, but many  other organ systems can be involved, such as the kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels and both the central and peripheral nervous system. 

Examples include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, lupus (SLE), Sjogren's syndrome, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and a variety of primary vasculitis syndromes (characterized by inflammation involving blood vessels).

How do I get an appointment?

New patient consults are made by referral only, from either your primary care provider or a specialist that you are seeing. 

Established patients are either given follow-up appointments after each office visit or may request an appointment by phone or through the patient portal.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Patients should bring all prescribed medications to the appointment. This includes all bottles, except for those requiring refrigeration. 

Patients should also provide Rheumatology Associates with all medical records related to interval medical care (primary care or specialty), which may be faxed, sent electronically, or brought in as a hard copy to be scanned at the office. These records should or may include notes, labs, imaging, and data from any interval hospitalizations.

What time should I arrive at my appointment?

New patients should arrive 30 minutes early; established patients 15 minutes early.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

Patients are expected to contact the office in advance if they are unable to keep a scheduled appointment.

A fee may be charged for  patients who do not keep a scheduled appointment without rescheduling or canceling.

An automated system will call patients a few days prior to scheduled appointments to confirm that they will keep the appointment, as well as provide options for rescheduling if necessary.

What insurance providers do you accept?

Most insurance providers are accepted, but we do not participate with TennCare or Virginia Medicaid. Please call the office if you have any questions about your specific insurance provider.