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1795 Highway 64 East
Anamosa, IA 52205

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1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

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5185 Competition Drive
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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180 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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153 Collins Road Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Marshalltown)

55 Central Iowa Drive
Marshalltown, IA 50158

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2134 Logan Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50703

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1940 Blairs Ferry Rd.
Hiawatha, IA 52233

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Peoria)

8914 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL 61615

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5100 Prairie Parkway
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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1655 East San Marnan Drive
Waterloo, IA 50702

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209 North Cummings Lane
Washington, IL 61571

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950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

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101 Cedar River Pkwy 101
Waverly, IA 50677

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1417 Kimberly Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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1731 West Ridgeway Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50701

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2728 2nd Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

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3415 53rd Avenue
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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106 19th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

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3426 North Port Drive
Muscatine, IA 52761

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3904 16th Street
Moline, IL 61265

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1120 East War Memorial Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

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2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

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3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

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2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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2992 7th Avenue
Marion, IA 52302

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4020 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

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6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

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5885 Sunnybrook Drive
Sioux City, IA 51106

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5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

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2255 John F Kennedy Road
Dubuque, IA 52002

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2375 Edgewood Road Southwest
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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UnityPoint Clinic - Allergy

Rheumatology (arthritis)

What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is a branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis, therapy and treatment of rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases affect the joints, soft tissues and connective tissues of the body. They can also be autoimmune disorders and vasculitis. The most common ones include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, scleroderma and fibromyalgia.

Signs and Symptoms

Because of the wide range of rheumatic diseases, symptoms may vary. General symptoms include:

  • Inflammation and swelling in the joints
  • Pain in the joints or muscles
  • Joints may be warm to the touch
  • Pain when walking
  • Muscle weakness and joint instability
  • Difficulty doing normal tasks like sitting, bending over
  • Difficulty gripping objects

What is a Rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist is a doctor who is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with arthritis and other rheumatic disorders. They have in-depth knowledge of internal medicine and an especially strong understanding of the immune system, due to many rheumatic diseases being autoimmune disorders.

What Does a Rheumatologist Do?

Rheumatologists evaluate, diagnose and treat rheumatic diseases like arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis and pain issues affecting the joints and soft tissue. Some diseases are hereditary conditions, some are caused by autoimmune disorders and others are related to injury and overuse, like tendinitis. They will perform a physical examination and do a comprehensive review of medical data and health history. Additionally, they will order additional tests and lab work as needed and interpret results. The goal is to help the patient have the best possible quality of life. Treatment can include education, medication, coping mechanisms and exercise.

When to see a Rheumatologist

Your primary care provider may refer you to a rheumatologist if you are experiencing long-term joint pain and swelling of is he or she is having difficulty finding out what is causing the symptoms. Bloodwork and tests may also indicate the presence of a rheumatic disease. Rheumatologists treat many rare diseases that can take time to properly diagnose. Your first appointment will typically include a comprehensive review of your medical history. Your primary care provider will arrange to have your health records available and a detailed family medical history is also helpful. Additionally, it is important to take the time beforehand to document any symptoms you are experiencing so the doctor has the most complete information available to help you.

The most common types of issues rheumatologists treat are:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Vasculitis
  • Lupus
  • Gout
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scleroderma
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis/golfer's elbow
  • Back pain

Benefits of UnityPoint Clinic Rheumatology

Our rheumatologists at UnityPoint Clinic are committed to working with you to diagnose, treat and help maintain and control your conditions to help you live a healthy life. Rheumatologists with work with your care team and other providers as needed so your care is coordinated and you receive the treatment and support you and your family can count on.