Why Choose Us
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused when your immune system is not working properly. Often abbreviated "RA," rheumatoid arthritis causes a variety of symptoms, most notably pain and swelling in the wrist and small joints of the hands and feet. It is also sometimes called rheumatoid disease because it can cause systemic illnesses that impact several organs of the body.
Anyone can get RA, though it occurs more often in women. The onset of rheumatoid arthritis often begins in middle age and is common in older people, but children and young adults can also get it.
At Dignity Health Medical Group – Sequoia, our philosophy is to treat each individual as a whole person, not simply an illness, and ensure continuity of care. Our rheumatologists work closely with other medical specialties in order to help patients regain mobility and enhance their quality of life. Our rheumatology team treats a variety of diseases affecting muscles, bones and joints along with other organs in the body, and we're skilled in helping you to feel better.
We're here to help you discover treatment solutions that can you live pain-free. Call our team at (650) 918-4008 to make an appointment with Dr. Nicole Barry.
While symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are similar to other illnesses, diagnosing RA early on can be helpful in limiting the long-term effects of the disease.
The first strategy is to quickly reduce or stop inflammation and if possible, put the disease in remission with early, aggressive treatment.