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

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

Dr. Michael Miller specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology and pediatric rheumatology and practices in Chicago, IL, Arlington Heights, IL, and Heights, IL. Dr. Miller's clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Michael Reese Hospital, Dr. Miller attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Miller speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Miller welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

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

Dr. Megan Curran's specialty is pediatric rheumatology. In her practice, Dr. Curran focuses on rheumatic diseases. She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Curran's medical residency was performed at Miami Children's Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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

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. In her practice, she is particularly interested in lupus, vasculitis, and arthritis. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Klein-Gitelman graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Klein-Gitelman has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Risa Alperin is a pediatric rheumatology specialist in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Winfield, IL. She attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital for Special Surgery for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alperin include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Alperin is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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.