We found 4 rheumatologists who accept First Health near Arlington Heights, IL.

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Dr. Marisa Sue Klein-Gitelman, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
800 W. Central Road; Box 152
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Marisa Klein-Gitelman's area of specialization is pediatric rheumatology. Dr. Klein-Gitelman attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She trained at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Klein-Gitelman include lupus, vasculitis, and arthritis. Dr. Klein-Gitelman's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Klein-Gitelman takes. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Arthritis, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Megan L Curran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
800 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Megan Curran works as a pediatric rheumatologist in Chicago, IL, New Lenox, IL, and Northbrook, IL. In addition to English, Dr. Curran speaks Spanish. She is especially interested in rheumatic diseases. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Miami Children's Hospital for residency. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans.

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Clinical interests: Dermatomyositis, Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis, Medical Education, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr. Michael L Miller, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Pediatric Rheumatology
At Northwest Community Hospital Arlington
Heights, IL
 

Dr. Michael Miller is a medical specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology and pediatric rheumatology. He is conversant in Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Miller focuses on rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Miller's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Michael Reese Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Miller takes. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Miller welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

Dr. Risa Ann Alperin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
At Northwest Community Hospital Arlington
Heights, IL
 

Dr. Risa Alperin practices pediatric rheumatology. She has a special interest in rheumatic diseases. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alperin accepts. Dr. Alperin attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital for Special Surgery for residency. Dr. Alperin is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Fever, Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis

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What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the medical specialty that is concerned with arthritis and other diseases of inflammation. Inflammation can occur anywhere in the body, but it is most common in the joints and connective tissues. Arthritis, which occurs in the joints, is also a very common condition, so rheumatology is strongly associated with joint care. But rheumatology is about more that just arthritis. Other conditions that a rheumatologist might treat include:
  • Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease
  • Ankylosing spondylitis, inflammation at the base of the spine
  • Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that stops production of tears and saliva
  • Fibromyalgia, a disorder causing widespread, chronic pain and fatigue

Pediatric rheumatologists are doctors that specialize in treating inflammatory diseases in children. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other inflammatory diseases can begin even in childhood, and can cause a unique set of problems for active and growing children.

Rheumatologists use patient symptoms as well as lab tests and imaging tests such as MRIs to diagnose disease. Treatment varies widely depending on the diagnosis, but it may include physiotherapy (to improve motion, ability, and function) or medications. Commonly prescribed medications include anti-inflammatories such as NSAIDS (e.g. Tylenol, Ibuprofen) and steroids, or immune system suppressants such as methotrexate and TNF inhibitor medications (e.g. Enbrel, Humira). The goal is always to increase the patient’s ability to move without pain and to reduce the need for future treatment.
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