Welcome to the ARA website
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.
Are you interested in Clinical Trials?
The Center for Rheumatology and Bone Research is a division of Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, PC, a 18-physician rheumatology practice. The Center was developed to give our patients access to the most recent therapies for the treatment of rheumatic diseases through participation in clinical trials. We began running clinical trials in 1982 and have since participated in the evaluation of new agents for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Sjögren’s syndrome, Fibromyalgia, tendinitis and Ankylosing Spondylitis. We remain committed to the evaluation of investigational treatments for all of the rheumatic diseases. Our research center is located in Wheaton, MD, on the grounds of Westfield Shoppingtown Wheaton. The Center is easily accessible by car, bus or subway.