UnityPoint Clinic Specialties | Rheumatology

Express Care - Bettendorf

3415 53rd Avenue
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

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Express Care - Moline

106 19th Avenue
Suite 103
Moline, Illinois 61265

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Express Care - North Port

3426 North Port Drive
Suite 200
Muscatine, Iowa 52761

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Express Care - SouthPark Pointe

3904 16th Street
Moline, Illinois 61265

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Pediatric Urgent Care - Cedar Rapids

855 A Avenue NE
Suite 300A
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

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Proctor First Care - East Peoria

2535 E. Washington St.
East Peoria, Illinois 61611

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Proctor First Care - Morton

621 W. Jackson Avenue
Morton, Illinois 61550

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Proctor First Care - Peoria Heights

1120 E. War Memorial Drive
Peoria Heights, Illinois 61616

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express

8914 N. Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61604

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Washington)

209 N. Cummings Lane
Washington, Illinois 61571

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UnityPoint Clinic - Family Medicine and Walk-In Care - Cascade

610 2nd Ave. NE
Cascade, Iowa 52033

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UnityPoint Clinic - Family Medicine and Walk-In Care - Peosta

8456 Peosta Commercial Court
P.O. Box 80
Peosta, Iowa 52068

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - East

1550 University Avenue
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - West

2255 JFK Road
Dubuque, Iowa 52002

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Urgent Care - Anamosa

1795 Hwy 64 East
Anamosa, Iowa 52205

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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

03 Patients
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Urgent Care - Hiawatha

1001 N. Center Point Road
Suite A
Hiawatha, Iowa 52233

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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Urgent Care - Marion

2992 7th Ave.
Marion, Iowa 52302

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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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Urgent Care - North Crossing

2134 Logan Ave.
Suite A
Waterloo, Iowa 50703

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Urgent Care - Prairie Parkway

5100 Prairie Parkway
Suite 101
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

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Urgent Care - San Marnan

1655 E San Marnan Dr.
Suite H
Waterloo, Iowa 50702

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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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Urgent Care - Sunnybrook

5885 Sunnybrook Drive
Sioux City, Iowa 51106

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Urgent Care - United Medical Park

1731 W Ridgeway Ave.
Suite 100
Waterloo, Iowa 50701

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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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Urgent Care - Westside

2375 Edgewood Rd SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

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Walk-In Care

800 Kenyon Road
Suite S
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

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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.