A Message from Dr. Carr
Medicine has become a rather complicated business. Whether it’s sorting through government and insurance issues, dealing with small business quandaries, or trying to keep up with the exponential expansion of medical knowledge, we doctors have much on our plate to keep ourselves busy. It is easy to forget that the most important aspect of what we do is taking care of people and helping them to feel better. I believe that every patient’s disease process is unique and needs to be handled accordingly. I also believe that every person has a unique set of goals and desired outcomes—no one treatment is right for every patient. Finally, I believe that the role of the physician has changed from simply being a disseminator of information to also being a filter of the overwhelming information available to everyone. I hope I am able to practice medicine while keeping all of these things in mind, and that the complicated business of medicine can be simplified a bit in my office.
I look forward to meeting you.
A rheumatologist is an internist who has undergone additional fellowship training in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, and musculoskeletal pain disorders. There are more than 100 types of diseases cared for by rheumatologists, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitis, osteoarthritis, gout, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia. Many of these diseases can take a great deal of time to diagnose and are challenging to treat. Certain medications used by rheumatologists can be toxic and require frequent monitoring. Rheumatologists frequently work in conjunction with other specialists because these diseases typically involve more than one organ system.
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