Welcome to ARA
Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C., is the largest Rheumatology practice in the Washington, D.C., area. Since 1975, the group has served this community and has been dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of persons with disorders of the joints, muscles, tendons, and other connective tissue. Our practice has treatment centers in Wheaton, Rockville, Chevy Chase, Olney and Frederick Maryland, Fairfax VA and in Northwest Washington, DC.
Our practice integrates excellent medical care with comprehensive services. We maintain a full-service laboratory, x-ray facilities, a physical therapy division, seven centers for the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and seven infusion centers. We offer patients the opportunity to access the most recent and innovative technologies by maintaining an active clinical research program that participates in national trials to evaluate new medications for the treatment of arthritis, osteoporosis, and a variety of rheumatic diseases.
What is a Rheumatologist?
Rheumatologists are physicians who, following 4 years of medical school and 3 years in an internal medicine residency, go on to complete an extra 2-3 years of fellowship training focused on the management of chronic musculoskeletal and autoimmune conditions. The role of the rheumatologist is to help people live to their fullest potential by controlling their symptoms, restoring maximum function and alleviating discomfort. Because autoimmune and inflammatory diseases can affect almost any organ system or part of the body, rheumatologists are expert diagnosticians and will not focus solely on bones and joints. Learn more about the role of rheumatologists by clicking on the video.
Questions about Monkeypox?
The providers at ARA are aware that in early August 2022 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the current monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. Please refer to the CDC website and resources below for additional information on how the infection is spread, what symptoms and signs to look for, methods to get treated, and preventative tools to protect yourself and others. If you suspect that you may have monkeypox please contact your local health department or go to your local urgent care center or emergency department. If you have been diagnosed with monkeypox and are on immunosuppressive medications, contact your prescribing physician to discuss how to manage your immunosuppressive medications during this time.