Rheumatology located in Tustin and Laguna Hills, CA


About Arthritis

At least 52 million American adults have some type of arthritis. At Pacific Rheumatology Center, leading arthritis specialist Behnam Khaleghi, MD, has over 20 years of experience treating arthritis. Dr. Khaleghi and the team of empathetic specialists offer personalized care. They offer leading treatments, including natural supplements, the latest medications, and regenerative medicine. You can conquer frustrating arthritis symptoms and get the quality of life you deserve. There are two state-of-the-art locations in Tustin and Laguna Hills, California, with treatments conveniently onsite. Need help with arthritis? Call the office in your area or schedule your appointment online now.

Arthritis Q&A

What are the types of arthritis?

Arthritis is a family of diseases affecting the joints, bones, and soft tissues. There are more than 100 types. The Pacific Rheumatology Center team treats many arthritis types, including:


Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage (the rubbery bone cushioning) breaks down gradually. This can cause joint grinding, often leading to stiffness and pain.

Your joints may make extra joint fluid in an attempt to make up for cartilage loss. But, the fluid can accumulate, which causes swelling and makes your symptoms worse. 

Rheumatoid arthritis 

Rheumatoid arthritis happens when your immune system attacks your joint lining, causing inflammation and overproduction of joint fluid. 

Rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and joint damage. It may change the appearance of your joints. 

Psoriatic arthritis 

Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease. It affects around 3 in 10 people with psoriasis (a skin condition causing skin cell overproduction and rashes). 

With psoriatic arthritis, the immune system attacks joints. It often strikes the hands and feet. 

Psoriatic arthritis can cause pain, stiffness, and joint deformity over time. 

The team also treats gout, ankylosing spondylitis, and other arthritis types. 

When should I see a doctor about my arthritis? 

You should seek arthritis treatment when your condition affects your quality of life. Signs you need treatment include: 

  • Persistent pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Red joints
  • Warm or hot joints
  • Stiff joints

These problems can disrupt your life. You might avoid stairs, limit standing time, or skip the activities you enjoy. You don’t have to do so anymore. There are new arthritis treatments available for each type of disease. 

How does the doctor treat arthritis? 

Treatment depends on your type of arthritis and individual needs. The Pacific Rheumatology Center team recommends nonsurgical approaches whenever possible. In most cases, treatments happen in the Tustin or Laguna Hills office. You can go home right after your appointment. 

Most patients enjoy symptom relief using methods such as: 

  • CBD oil
  • Anti-inflammatory supplements
  • Prescription medications, like Remicade®, Orencia®, Actemra®, and Rituxan®
  • Regenerative medicine, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy 

Pacific Rheumatology Center stands out among arthritis specialists because of the team’s dedication to personalized care. Your treatment plan is just for you, and the team can shape it based on how your body responds. 

The compassionate team welcomes new patients. Call the nearest office or request an appointment online to learn more about arthritis treatments now.