The Froedtert & Medical College Rheumatology Clinic schedules patients upon a referral from their primary care physicians for the treatment and diagnosis of arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, and osteoporosis.
The Division of Rheumatology has eight physicians who provide care to their patients. Most have been nationally recognized as being among "Best Doctors in America". The rheumatologists work closely with patients and their primary care physicians to identify the problem and design an individualized treatment program.
Outpatient care on our main campus is provided in the Froedtert & Medical College Rheumatology clinic on the fifth floor of the Froedtert Specialty Clinic. An off campus outpatient care Rheumatology clinic is located at Community Memorial Medical Commons. Inpatient care is provided on the general medical floors in Froedtert West Hospital and VA Zablocki Medical Center.
The Rheumatology Clinic is part of the Musculoskeletal and Arthritis Center of the Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin. Members of the include radiologists (skeletal imaging), orthopaedic surgeons (joint replacement, hand surgery, foot surgery, spine surgery, tumor surgery, trauma surgery), gait analysts, physiatrists, occupational therapists, electromyographers, and physical therapists all located adjacent to the Rheumatology clinic on the 5th floor of the Froedtert Specialty Clinic.
MCW Osteoporosis Program
Section of the Spine Osteoporosis and Calcium Disorders Clinic Team
- Robert Blank, MD
- M. E. Csuka, MD, FACP
- Richard Hariman, MD
- Denise Teves Qualler, MD
- Joan Neuner, MD
- Joseph Shaker, MD
- Jeremiah Barrett, PA
The Osteoporosis and Calcium Disorders Clinic team strives to educate individuals as well as the public on issues such as:
- Self-help services and groups
The team strives to educate the public by supplying information on the disease processes and self-help groups. For additional self-help information, brochures, and pamphlets, please visit the Arthritis Foundation website.
Patients will be counseled regarding:
- Risk factors, including home safety and fall prevention strategies will be discussed. Individuals will be provided with a home safety checklist to enable them to identify and alter situations in their homes/living environments that could contribute to falls.
- Modify risk behaviors. Individuals are instructed modifying risk behaviors, nutritional assessment with emphasis on adequate calcium consumption and review weight bearing exercises/activity program. If balance or back muscle weakness problems are identified, referral will be made to an osteoporosis physical therapy program.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the bones. Individuals with osteoporosis have bones that have become thin due to demineralization and are therefore at increased risk for fracture. Bone fractures are not only painful but can lead to loss off function and loss of independence. Bone fractures can also contribute to the death of individuals. In the United States it is estimated that there are 10 million people with osteoporosis. Fortunately, osteoporosis is a treatable condition. The benefits of treatment are the prevention of bone fracture and the maintenance/improvement of bone density.
Home safety and fall prevention strategies will be discussed. Individuals will be provided with a home safety checklist to enable them to identify and alter situations in their homes/living environments that could contribute to falls.
Information on the purpose of osteoporosis medications will be provided. This will include medications currently approved by the FDA for treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. Proper dosing schedule and side effects will be reviewed with patients.
Schedule an Appointment
To make an appointment or for further information, please call (414) 805-6633.
Referrals to the Osteoporosis Clinic can be made by calling (414) 805-6633.