Clinical Programs And Facilities

The outpatient Rheumatology Clinics, at the UAMS Medical Center and the VA Hospital, provide service to patients from the entire state of Arkansas and the surrounding region 5 state region (western Tennessee, Arkansas, Western Mississippi Eastern Oklahoma, Southeastern Missouri), with rheumatologic diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathy, crystalline arthritis, vasculitis, scleroderma, inflammatory muscle diseases, bursitis/tendonitis and osteoarthritis. Patients from the entire state are evaluated in on a referral basis without regard to their insurance status and if their rheumatologic diagnosis is confirmed, continue to receive care in cooperation with their primary care physician.  Additionally, we will evaluate patients with chronic joint and muscle pain for other underlying conditions and assist the primary care physicians to optimize the patients’ pain management.

Both the UAMS Clinic and the VA Clinic have access to CT scanning, MRI, and a complete battery of immunologic tests for the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and collagen vascular disease. The Rheumatology clinics work in close collaboration with Orthopaedic Surgery and Hand Therapy. The facilities of the Arkansas Rehabilitation Institute are available to the patients.