Who We Are
Our practice strives to strengthen the lives of patients through compassionate medical care with physicians who have special training in rheumatology. We believe in creating strong, trusted partnerships with patients. Dr. Bravo, board certified in Rheumatology has been in practice for 18 years.
Rheumatologists treat arthritis, autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders and osteoporosis. There are more than 100 types of these diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, back pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. It is important to establish a correct diagnosis early so that appropriate treatment can be initiated. Some of these are very serious disease that should be diagnosed and treated early.
If pain in the joints, muscles or bones is severe or persists for more than a few days you should see a physician. Certain conditions like rheumatoid arthritis are important to diagnose early. Often the symptoms are difficult for non-rheumatologists to diagnose. Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. Rheumatologists are specially trained to do the investigative work necessary to determine the underlying condition.
Because rheumatic diseases are complex, one visit to a rheumatologist may not be enough to determine a diagnosis and course of treatment. These diseases often change or evolve over time. Rheumatologists work closely with patients to help identify the problem and design an individualized treatment program.
Our physicians will explain a number of treatment options that may include physical therapy, mediations, procedures like joint injections and general supportive care. Your best treatment combination will depend on the exact nature of your illness, your other medical problems and your other individual needs. Our physicians will work closely with your primary physician to ensure you get the best possible care.