According to the American College of Rheumatology, rheumatic diseases are the leading cause of disability in America, with more than 54 million Americans suffering from at least owne of the more than 100 rheumatic diseases.
Womack Army Medical Center now has a Rheumatology Clinic to help better care for individuals diagnosed with a rheumatic condition, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s phenomenon, Sjögren’s syndrome and other rheumatic diseases caused by immune system disorders.
Lt. Col. Christopher Tracy, the chief of Rheumatology Services at WAMC, said that the clinic will be able to provide a full spectrum of care for patients.
“Being able to provide this care at Womack makes it much easier for patients to have more comprehensive and collaborative care without having to worry about getting their medical records transferred between clinics,” said Tracy.
Tracy encourages individuals suffering from rheumatic conditions to speak with their primary care provider to get a referral to the clinic.
“It’s important to have a conversation with your primary care provider about your condition,” he said.
“We will work with your PCM to ensure that you have the full range of care that you require. Even if you’re already seeing a rheumatologist off-post, I can promise you that you’ll receive phenomenal, and more convenient, care here at Womack.”
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