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Rheumatology Care at Penn State Health St. Joseph

When you need a rheumatologist, you deserve compassionate care and a well-connected care center. You deserve to have the latest in diagnostic and treatment resources available, close to home.

At Penn State Health St. Joseph, we offer all that and more.

We are now accepting new patients for our rheumatology practice. We welcome referrals, people in search of a diagnosis or second opinion, and patients seeking an understanding rheumatologist to help them manage their health over time.

Meet Dr. Amal Kebede

Our rheumatologist, Dr. Amal Kebede, is an expert in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the immune system and the body’s joints, muscles and connective tissues. She also offers a unique perspective and compassionate approach, as she has rheumatoid arthritis herself.

Read more about Dr. Kebede and her journey to becoming a doctor in the field that most affects her own health. You can also read her blog post about rheumatoid arthritis. With Dr. Kebede as your physician, you can be sure your rheumatologist understands what it’s like to be a patient coping with a rheumatic disorder.

What is a Rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of disorders that affect the joints, ligaments and muscles, such as rheumatism and arthritis. These physicians have additional training after medical school to become experts in the diagnosis and treatment of these types of health problems.

What Symptoms Does a Rheumatologist Treat?

Rheumatologists examine and treat patients with a range of rheumatic disorders. Common symptoms seen and assessed by a rheumatologist include:

  • Joint pain, usually in more than one joint
  • Joint stiffness, particularly in the morning
  • Loss of motion in a joint
  • Swelling, redness or warmth in a joint
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness or unstable joints
  • Widespread pain in the joints, tendons and muscles

Rheumatologists also see patients who have symptoms that are related to disorders affecting their joints and muscles, such as sleep problems, skin conditions, headaches, bruising, restricted movement and more.

Rheumatic Disorders

Dr. Kebede is able to diagnose and treat a wide range of rheumatic disorders, including:

  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Gout
  • Reactive or infectious arthritis
  • Juvenile arthritis and other arthritis subtypes
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scleroderma
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Bursitis
  • Polymyositis
  • Rare genetic disorders of the joints, tendons, muscles and soft tissue

Why Choose Penn State Health St. Joseph For Your Rheumatology Care?

If you are looking for close-to-home care that combines expertise, compassion and access to the latest medical advances in diagnosis and therapy, Penn State Health St. Joseph is the place for you.

As our patient, you will have the full support of our own rheumatologist as well as access to our experts in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Neurosciences, OB/GYN and Urogynecology, Nutrition Therapy, Plastic Surgery and more. Our patients have access to the latest information on clinical trials and new therapies and can rest easy knowing that the additional support of Penn State Health’s large specialty physician network is available should they need it.

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