Dr. Box is proud to announce the opening of Carondelet Rheumatology, a Division of Signature Medical Group. Since 1993 Dr. Box has been serving Rheumatology patients on the St. Joseph/Carondelet campus, and is thrilled to continue to do so. Over the years Dr. Box has partnered with other Physician groups and is now practicing independently as his own division. Dr. Box is Board Certified in Rheumatology as well as Internal Medicine and very active in various charitable foundations throughout the city. He is the President of the Midwest Rheumatology Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Arthritis Foundation of Kansas City, and the Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations. Dr. Box works with patients that are affected by inflammatory and autoimmune disorders. He is also involved in Clinical Research studies that ultimately shape future treatment options for his patient population.
Rheumatology is the study, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the muscles, joints and bones.
There are more than 200 rheumatic diseases and syndromes and many of these conditions are considered autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases ensue from an abnormal response of the body’s immune system against its own tissues. Over 45 million people in the US are coping with some type of rheumatic disease.
A rheumatologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats diseases that affect the muscles, joints and bones. Accredited rheumatologists have earned a bachelor’s degree and a 4-year medical degree, as well as completed three years of an internship or residency program followed by a 2- or 3-year fellowship in rheumatology.
Typically, you would visit your primary care doctor or internist if you experience pain in your joints, muscles or bones. Your internist may prescribe medication to resolve the issues. If the condition persists after the medication is completed then your internist may refer you to a rheumatologist for an evaluation. This is especially true, if you have a family history of autoimmune or rheumatic diseases. Other times to visit a rheumatologist are:
Every appointment is specialized to the person, but the following should give you a good idea of what to expect at the first visit to a rheumatologist.Prior to your appointment
During your appointment
You will be asked lots of questions about your pain, past diagnoses, past treatments, your lifestyle, etc. Be prepared to share a list of the following: