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.

Special Programs and Therapy Services

Arthritis & Rehabilitation Therapy Services

Specializing in Hands-on Techniques and Comprehensive, Personalized Programs to Minimize Pain and Maximize Function 
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Wellness Program

Maintaining Mobility and Preserving Independence
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The Center for Rheumatology & Bone Research

Clinical Trials in Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Internal Medicine 
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Osteoporosis Assessment Center 

A Comprehensive Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoporosis and other Metabolic Bone Diseases
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Infusion Therapy Services

Reflecting our longstanding commitment to providing the most advanced infusion and injectable therapies to patients with a wide array of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases
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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.

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