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The primary goal of the Rush Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinic is to identify, diagnose and treat rheumatoid arthritis as early as possible. Our patients have access to extensive diagnostic facilities including laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and infusion therapies, all conveniently available in our facility.
There is no known cure for rheumatoid arthritis. At times, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms make even the simplest activities — such as removing a lid or taking a walk — too difficult to manage. Treatment options are increasing and include medication, exercise and lifestyle changes, management of pain, improving function and preventing further destruction of the joints. An important development in recent years has been a group of drugs called biologic response modifiers, or biologics, which are genetically engineered proteins designed to inhibit particular components of the immune system or suppress inflammation. A significant difference in these new medications is that they modify a specific component of the immune system, but not the entire immune system.
The Rush Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinic features caring and compassionate physicians, nurses and other medical staff members who evaluate, diagnose and treat adults with rheumatoid arthritis and provide patients with a full range of medical treatment options.
The physicians in the Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinic collaborate with referring physicians and other specialists to provide expert care, with all of the world-class resources that are available at Rush University Medical Center. Services include the following:
Andrew D. Ruthberg, MD, is director of the Rush Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinic and an assistant professor at Rush University Medical Center. Ruthberg has been treating rheumatoid arthritis patients for over 25 years.
To schedule an appointment with Ruthberg or any of his colleagues, please call (312) 563-2800.
For more information about rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials, please call (312) 942-2167.