Treatments and Services
Arthritis and Rheumatology of Georgia strives to provide our patients with comprehensive rheumatology care under one roof.
Adult Rheumatology Care
Our practice specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatology and arthritis related conditions. Our board-certified physicians and physician assistants can treat patients 16 years of age and older by referral.
Bone Density Scanning (DXA)
We offer in-office bone density measurement to detect osteoporosis. In order to assess your risk factors, we will give you a questionnaire to complete, followed by a quick, low-radiation, painless scan of your low back and hip bones.
If you have moderate to severely active Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus, Vasculitis or Osteoporosis, and are experiencing an inadequate response to conventional therapy, infusion therapy may be a treatment option discussed by your provider. The following are some medications we provide:
- Inflectra (Biosimilar)
- Renflexis (Biosimilar)
- Simponi Aria
Our Infusion Suite provides a comfortable environment, while receiving intravenous medication. You will be monitored by experienced Registered Nurses throughout the duration of your visit. Complimentary snacks and Wi-Fi are provided.
Laboratory Testing on site (Orchard Labs, Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp)
When developing a diagnosis and monitoring medications, rheumatologists order a lot of blood tests! ARG provides on-site phlebotomy services. We send labs to Orchard, Quest, LabCorp, RDL, and AVISE. Please check with your insurance company to see if they have a preferred laboratory provider.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound has been widely adopted by rheumatologists. It is an inexpensive, noninvasive way to look into the joints. It can detect active inflammation better than x-ray and doesn’t expose you to radiation. It is a very useful technique for establishing the diagnosis. Dr. Gary Myerson and Dr. Paul Sutej are trained and certified to offer this service.
Our physicians and physician assistants offer joint injections as supplemental treatments. Corticosteroids like Depo Medrol or viscosupplements can be used to ease joint pain, swelling and stiffness in the right clinical situation. Injections are a temporizing measure for both degenerative and inflammatory types of arthritis. You can expect a quick injection with topical anesthesia that makes for a less painful experience. After an injection, you should apply ice or heat to the area. Injections of this kind can be performed safely no more often than every three months.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections are a different type of injection which can also provide pain relief. Trigger points are focal, hyperirritable spots located on a band of skeletal muscle that associated with pain. They can involve a knot or a tight band of muscle that fails to relax, which produces pain locally and can refer to other areas of the body. Trigger points are often associated with chronic musculoskeletal disorders, including myofascial pain. Trigger point injections can be done in the office visit, and more than one trigger point can be injected at a time at the discretion of the physician. These injections often include a combination of lidocaine and cortisone, and can be effective in relieving pain in the tender area.
Aspiration of Joints
Aspiration of a joint(s) is a procedure that removes fluid from the space around specific joint using a needle as well as a syringe. This procedure is done in the office, using a local anesthetic. In addition to relieving swelling, your provider may obtain fluid to relieve swelling and/or used as part of the analysis of joint disorders.
ARG is currently enrolling patients with Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout or Rheumatoid Arthritis in clinical trials. For more information about any of our enrolling studies, please call (4040) 255-5956 and ask to speak with Dr. Ysmil Contreras in our Clinical Trials Department. Clinical Study patients receive free treatment including laboratory and radiological evaluations. Please contact our staff should you have any questions, or interest in participating in our current or upcoming clinical trials.
Please understand that each trial is very specific and there may exist clinical criteria that does not allow you to participate. However, our staff will be glad to explain these criteria.
Our practice offers telemedicine services through Otto Health/ NextGen. Telemedicine services are designed to meet specific patient needs. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this service to all patients. Your specific medical condition, your provider and your insurance coverage will determine if this service is suitable for your healthcare needs.
Spanish/English Medical Interpreter
Our onsite Spanish interpreter is a Certified Spanish/ English Medical Interpreter through the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education.
Nuestra intérprete de Español actualmente obtiene un certificado de intérprete médico de Español/Inglés a través del Centro de Educación Continua de la Universidad de Georgia.