The physicians of the Rheumatology division help patients with diseases that affect the joints, muscles and bones. Our rheumatologists are experienced physicians with a large experience with patients to help them manage these sometimes debilitating diseases, including all aspects of inflammatory joint disease from rheumatoid arthritis, the spondyloarthropathies and crystal-induced arthritic disorders, such as gout. Our physicians manage patients with complex systemic immune-mediated syndromes, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, inflammatory muscle disease, Sjogren's syndrome and the systemic vasculitis syndromes such as giant cell arteritis and ANCA associated syndromes.
Management of all of these disorders has become more sophisticated with the development of "biologic" compounds that help regulate the inflammatory process and sophisticated immune modulating agents. The Henry Ford doctors diagnose and manage patients with regional pain syndromes involving any part of the musculoskeletal system. These disorders include osteoarthritis and pain syndromes involving the shoulders, back and hips.
Beyond the treatment of patients, Henry Ford physicians are leaders in the research to find new treatments for patients. Henry Ford physicians participate in research funded by both pharmaceutical companies and the National Institutes of Health.
At Henry Ford, patients have the advantage of being treated by physicians who are part of a larger health system. Doctors here draw on all the resources of the health system to help patients manage the affects and outcomes of these diseases on their daily lives. Often times, these diseases have complicated underlying illnesses and the Henry Ford doctors can bring together all the specialists needed to develop the best treatment plan for the patient.
Henry Ford's experience with these diseases goes back to the early 1950s when Henry Ford Hospital doctors were among the first in the world to focus specifically on these conditions. Doctors here also have been leaders in finding new treatment plans for patients, including demonstrating for the first time that gold injections for patients with rheumatoid arthritis were effective. Doctors here also discovered that osteoarthritis is associated with rheumatoid arthritis. This discovery was partially explained in a landmark study of rib bones using a recently developed process called histomorphometry. In this process, staining techniques developed here were used to measure the dynamics of bone turnover.