Medical Service Overview
With five physicians board-certified in rheumatology, Carolina Arthritis is one of the largest independent rheumatology practices in the southeast.
At Carolina Arthritis, we have made every effort to customize our facility to the unique needs of our patients.
We provide a comfortable and efficient infusion therapy suite and laboratory, as well as X-ray capability and state-of-the-art bone density testing for osteoporosis. Our numerous on-site services allow us to assess your condition quickly and minimize visits to other sites for testing.
Our office is staffed by a dedicated group of nurses, assistants, technologists, receptionists and insurance and billing clerks who have many years of experience working with patients who have arthritis. Our goal is to make your visit with us as easy and pleasurable as possible.
DXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) technology is available at our facility. The interpretation is provided by the treating rheumatologist in the context of each individual’s unique medical history. Such analysis allows the rheumatologist to evaluate for osteopenia and osteoporosis, assess the strength of bone, and guide the use of new medicines that can strengthen bone to reduce the risk of fractures.
CAA has been a national recognized leader in infusion therapy for biologic medications. Infusion therapies (intravenous medications) are provided in our office. These biologic medications may be used in the treatment of a variety of illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and osteoporosis. These important new therapies have radically changed the treatment of many immunologic based diseases, and have given new hope to many patients. CAA has a dedicated staff of infusion nurses who have specific expertise and training in the area of biologic medications.
A comprehensive laboratory is available on site and we can perform routine studies for general medical care and monitoring, as well as more specific rheumatologic tests. If only a portion of the lab tests ordered are performed in our offices, we will draw the blood for those not done in our lab and send it to the appropriate outside commercial laboratory.
Ultrasound imaging can define the size and integrity of the soft tissue structures in and around the joints, allowing the physician to observe tissues at a much higher magnification than other imaging modalities. This permits the interpreting physician to understand and observe normal and abnormal changes in tissue. This technology is helpful to diagnose arthritis and related disease, as well as allowing more accurate guidance for needle placement when joint injections are required.
The CAA clinical trials division was developed to give our patients access to the most recent therapies for the treatment of rheumatic diseases through participation in clinical trials. Our staff consists of a certified clinical research coordinator who will be working closely with your physician. CAA is committed to the evaluation of investigational treatments for all of the rheumatic diseases.
Our 17th St office includes in house state of the art digital x-ray facility. The x-rays are interpreted by the rheumatologists familiar with your clinical situation, and by consultative radiologists if necessary.