Patient Education

The physicians and other providers at ARCK see a wide variety of rheumatic diseases, including a number of forms of arthritis and systemic (total body) illnesses known as "autoimmune" diseases. In this section, we'll try to cover the major conditions (including yours) that fall under our specialty.

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Inflammatory Joint Disorders

Systemic Autoimmune Disorders


Crystal-Induced Arthritis

Vasculitis and Related Disorders

Bone and Cartilage Disorders

Soft Tissue Disorders


Tools of the Trade


Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, Seventh Edition. Elsevier Science (USA); 2005.

Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases, Twelfth Edition. Arthritis Foundation (Atlanta, GA); 2002.