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Arthritic and Rheumatological Treatments in Beverly HillsTHE CARE OF RHEUMATIC CONDITIONS requires close attention and treatment from a skilled rheumatologist. Beverly Hills rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker is dedicated to providing her patients with the best care possible. Her goal is to find the best treatment for each individual patient, including comprehensive diagnosis and disease management. At her Beverly Hills office, Dr. Baker offers the following services:

Bone Densitometry (Dexa Scan)

A bone densitometry test, or Dexa scan, is a non-invasive way to assess the strength of your bones and their likelihood to fracture. The goal of the Dexa scan is to assess if your bone density is lower or far lower than normal, indicative of osteopenia or osteoporosis. Bone densitometry is a 10 minute long procedure where the patient lies flat on their back while a series of x-rays produce images of the bones. If you are at risk for osteoporosis, contact Dr. Baker to schedule a Los Angeles diagnostic Dexa scan today.

Infusion Services

Infusion services refer to treatments administered through injections or catheters that deliver medicine, nutrients or other special fluids to the body. Dr. Baker specializes in administering infusion therapy for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

Lab Services

Lab testing services are important in the analysis of blood or other bodily fluid for signs of disease. Lab services provide diagnostic answers for patients who are at risk for lupus, reactive arthritis, hypothyroidism or other autoimmune disorders.

X-Ray Services

X-rays are used to get clear images of your bones and skeletal structure for doctors to examine for injury and fragility. X-rays can be used to diagnose bone density loss and other arthritic precursors or symptoms. X-ray imaging is a simple and quick procedure that renders critical medical information through non-invasive technology.

Musculoskeletal Ultra-Sound Guided Joint
Injections

Musculoskeletal ultra-sound guided joint injection is a state of the art diagnostic and treatment procedure where joint injections used to treat arthritic symptoms are guided
by an ultra-sound. This revolutionary method of arthritis treatment limits potential risks compared to performing the procedure “blind.” Dr. Baker specializes in musculoskeletal ultra-sound guided joint injections in Los Angeles.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are an innovative complementary treatment for symptoms of osteoarthritis. PRP injections initiate the body’s healing processes with the use of the patient’s own plasma and growth factor hormones. Platelet-rich plasma has the ability to regenerate damaged and injured tissues. In addition, PRP therapy can help reduce pain, improve functional ability of the treated area, and improve body structure and strength. Platelet-rich plasma treatment can help osteoarthritis patients recover faster and improve the quality of life.

Osteoarthritis Management

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease and is the most common type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is also known as “wear and tear arthritis” and occurs when the cartilage (the cushion between the joints) breaks down, leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint but it commonly occurs in the knees, hips, lower back and neck, small joints of the fingers, and the bases of the thumb and big toe. The pain caused by this condition can be treated with various forms of osteoarthritis management.

Skype Consultations

Los Angeles Rheumatology SpecialistGone are the days when you have to go to the doctor’s office in order to have a consultation. With the broad reach of new technology, it’s possible to diagnose patients for a wide range of conditions, such as arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders. Technological advancements have made it possible to have thorough, medical evaluations  from the comfort of your own home. Wherever you’re located, it’s possible to benefit from the expertise of a world-renowned rheumatologist via a Skype consultation. Take advantage of Dr. Baker’s expertise by booking a consultation today.

IV Therapy

A healthy diet and vitamin supplements are crucial for supporting overall health, but intravenous (IV) therapy is a wonderful alternative for people who have difficulty meeting their nutritional needs. IV therapy provides the body with high doses of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are helpful in treating myriad illnesses and issues. Whether you are dealing with a recent illness or are dealing with a chronic rheumatological condition, IV therapy can improve recovery and daily health.

Second Opinions

Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease can create anxiety and confusion, leading to questions about which treatments are the best to manage specific symptoms. Every autoimmune patient and situation is unique, with treatment plans and options varying from patient to patient. An accurate diagnosis and evaluation are essential when creating a successful long-term treatment plan that maintains function and quality of life. Because of the complexity and wide range of potential autoimmune conditions, individualized treatment plans are essential for meeting your unique needs. From diagnosis to treatment, Dr. Baker takes a patient-centric approach to patient care and disease management. If you need a second opinion about your diagnosis or treatment plan, contact Dr. Baker today.

Knee Injections

Knee injections offer patients extended relief from some symptoms of arthritis and are a great addition to a well-rounded and multifaceted approach to treatment. When a knee is affected by rheumatism and arthritis, there can be pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of mobility. Sometimes, in the midst of an arthritis flare-up or inflammation, injecting medication directly into the afflicted joint can offer faster relief in a shorter amount of time. With the help of corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid, these knee injections can help ease joint pain and discomfort.

EKG Services

Electrocardiography, also known as EKG, is a monitoring device used to detect regular or irregular heart activity. By recording the electrical activity of the heart with externally placed electrodes, patients at risk of heart dysfunction can get a clear diagnosis in a timely manner.

 

FAQs

Q: CAN I RETURN HOME AFTER A DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURE? A: Yes, all diagnostic procedure mentioned are out-patient, meaning you can return to
your daily activities the same day.

Q: WILL I RECEIVE MY RESULTS THE SAME DAY? A: Some lab testing may take more than one day but x-ray imaging and Dexa scan results
can typically be presented the same day.

Diagnostic Services and Expert Treatment in Beverly Hills

If you are at risk for autoimmune disorders or bone or joint issues or want to know more
about a currently existing condition, do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with a
compassionate, experienced rheumatologist in Los Angeles. Make an appointment with
Dr. Baker today.

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