New Windsor • Goshen • Monroe

OSM Centers of Excellence
OSM Surgical Services
OSM Non Surgical Services
Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy hand therapy
OSM Non Surgical Services OSM Non Surgical Services

Rheumatology

The Rheumatology team at OSM, P.C. is dedicated to pursuing new knowledge and translating research findings into more effective diagnosis and treatment of patients with rheumatic diseases. Located in the lower Hudson Valley, our division registers thousands of patient encounters annually, evaluating and treating patients with various forms of connective tissue diseases.

Rheumatic diseases can have a variety of causes including the normal "wear and tear" that we experience as we age. But, they can also be a result of the immune system attacking the body's own tissue.
Osteoarthritis, the "wear and tear arthritis," is a common condition that presents itself in the form of joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Symptoms also include muscle weakness and joint instability. Those suffering from osteoarthritis can have difficulty doing everyday tasks including dressing, walking and gripping objects.

Conditions Treated at OSM

  • Behcet’s Disease
  • Bursitis
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Inflammatory Polyarthritis
  • Joint Pain Treatment
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pagets Disease
  • Polymyalgia
  • Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • (CPPD) Pseudogout
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Osteoporosis

Rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system arthritis, affects about 1.3 million Americans, the majority of which are women -- about 75%. This can result in permanent joint damage and deformity.

To determine which type you have, your doctor will ask about your medical history and do a physical exam. Blood tests and X-Rays may be necessary. And, a blood test for rheumatoid factor may be ordered. This test is positive in 70% to 80% of those with RA.

The New Generation of Osteoporosis Care with OSM, P.C.

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. As a result, your bones become weak and may break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, even from sneezing or bumping into furniture. If diagnosed early, the fractures associated with the disease can often be prevented.

There are a variety of factors that put you at risk for developing osteoporosis. In your evaluation, we will identify risk factors for osteoporosis and work together to develop a plan to protect your bones.

Treatment for prevention or management of osteoporosis is individualized to fit into your lifestyle and needs. Recommendations for optimizing bone health include a program that consists of a well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, physical activity, and a healthy lifestyle (including not smoking, avoiding excessive alcohol use, and recognizing that some prescription medications and chronic diseases can cause bone loss).