Arthritis and Joint Conditions (Rheumatology)

Experienced Joint Care

Scripps Coastal’s experienced physicians specialize in the diagnosis, management and treatment of rheumatic and painful musculoskeletal diseases including arthritis and lupus.


There are more than 100 types of rheumatic conditions. Rheumatic diseases are often complex and difficult to diagnose and treat. They can be acute and chronic.


Scripps Coastal specialists provide medical, physical, educational and nutritional support, to optimize the healing process. Our specialists also act as patient coordinators in directing patients to other Scripps specialists, when appropriate. They also coordinate and communicate actively with your primary care physician.

Conditions treated include:

  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, infectious arthritis)
  • Autoimmune diseases (systemic lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma, and polymyositis)
  • Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia (causing chronic muscle and joint pain)
  • Gout (causing acute arthritis and joint inflammation)
  • Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Lyme disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pseudogout (chronic arthritis; common in the knees)
  • Spondyloarthropathies (ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter’s syndrome, psoriatic arthritis)
  • Tendonitis
  • Vasculitis (giant cell arteritis, Wegener’s granulomatosis)

See a Scripps Coastal specialist

Rheumatology care is provided at our Vista and Hillcrest locations.