Frequently Asked Questions

What is rheumatology?

Rheumatology is an area of medicine dedicated to treating joint pain diseases. This includes disorders of the bone, joint, muscles, and the immune system. Examples include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus, and gout. Additionally, rheumatology encompasses individual areas of pain including bursitis and tendonitis.

What is a rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist is an internist who has additional training and experience in diagnosing and treating arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles, and bones. Generally, rheumatologists have at least 5 years of additional training after medical school.

Do you use the latest treatments?

Yes, we are constantly learning from the latest research on how to best treat rheumatologic diseases. Our physicians use the most innovative approaches in California.

What is musculoskeletal ultrasound?

The same technology that looks at an unborn baby in the womb is now being looked at joints and related structures. Our physicians are now using this innovative technology to diagnose and treat arthritis-related diseases.

What is bursitis?

Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa, a small sac that acts as a cushion or pad between moving structures (bones, muscles, tendons or skin). There are bursas located throughout the body, most commonly in the hips and shoulders. Injections are usually the best treatment for bursitis.

Do you accept most insurance plans?

Yes, we accept 90 percent of insurance plans in California. Call our office to verify your specific plan. Also, we are happy to accept Medicare patients.

Do you offer second opinions?

Yes. We would be happy to evaluate your individual case and make recommendations based on our many years of experience.