Rheumatologists treat patients who are suffering from disturbances in their joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and blood vessels. Some of the more common conditions rheumatologists see include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus and osteoporosis. Aging, autoimmune dysfunctions and/or metabolic imbalances tend to contribute to these types of conditions. Recognized nationally for excellence, Lahey's Rheumatology Department strives to provide every patient with a thorough initial exam and diagnosis, followed by a personalized, innovative treatment plan. Understanding that timely response is crucial when treating patients with rheumatic conditions, a highly qualified nurse practitioner - working under the supervision of a rheumatologist - is available to answer questions and evaluate, educate and treat patients. The rheumatology team is part of a group of clinicians at Lahey dedicated to the treatment of musculoskeletal disease. When necessary, we consult with our colleagues in endocrinology, physical and occupational therapy, orthopaedic surgery, pain management, hand surgery and other areas, ensuring that you receive the most comprehensive care possible. The Department of Rheumatology at Lahey welcomes you and stands ready to answer your questions and serve your needs.