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Arthritis

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 UAB Rheumatology is a leader in the field of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment, providing personalized treatment plans for each individual patient.

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis, and is characterized most often by swelling and pain in the small joints of the hands, feet and wrists, with associated stiffness and fatigue. RA is caused by the body’s immune system attacking the tissue surrounding the joints, referred to as synovium. The cause of RA is unknown, but it is thought to be a combination of multiple genetic influences and environmental exposures.

About our Care
Rheumatoid Arthritis can be debilitating, but UAB rheumatologists are internationally known for our skills in managing RA and preventing joint damage while maintaining a high quality of life for patients. Our rheumatologists participate in cutting-edge research and clinical trials, resulting in unsurpassed care. Additionally, UAB rheumatologists work closely with musculoskeletal radiologists who have state-of-the-art equipment and provide skilled interpretation resulting in accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for patients.

Established in 1977, the UAB Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center is one of the first comprehensive arthritis research centers in the nation to be supported by the NIH's National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). It is also one of the few Centers of its kind to gain support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Our Specialists
UAB is home to leaders in Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment. Our physicians are actively involved in professional societies, and take leadership roles in the American College of Rheumatology. All of our rheumatologists are board-certified in rheumatology.

Treatments and Procedures Performed
Through the Interdisciplinary Infusion Center, our patients have access to all infusion (intravenous or IV) biologic agents approved for the treatment of RA, including infliximab (Remicade), abatacept (Orencia) and Rituxan (rituximab).

Innovations
UAB was one of the first medical facilities to participate in the first biologic clinical trial for arthritis, which changed arthritis care by applying information obtained by basic science investigators to create targeted therapies for RA.

Location
UAB rheumatologists treat Rheumatoid Arthritis on the 5th floor of UAB Highlands, and on the 3rd floor of The Kirklin Clinic, in Birmingham’s Medical Center District. To make an appointment, call UAB HealthFinder at 1-800-UAB-8816.

UAB Highlands
1201 11th Ave. S
Birmingham, AL 35205

The Kirklin Clinic
2000 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35233

Referring physicians should call UAB MIST at 1-800-UAB-MIST (1-800-822-6478) for information.

Last Update

August 11, 2010
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