Diagnosis and Treatment of Rheumatic Diseases

A rheumatologist is a specialist doctor who diagnoses and treats diseases of the joints, muscles, and ligaments, such as arthritis and autoimmune diseases. The diseases they commonly deal with are often complex and chronic in nature, requiring ongoing management and treatment. These conditions often affect not just the joints but other organs of the body as well and can have systemic effects.

This specialty requires an extensive understanding of the immune system, as many rheumatic diseases are autoimmune or inflammatory in nature. Common diseases that a rheumatologist may handle include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia, among others.

Rheumatic Conditions Treated At Millennium Physicians

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome
  • Behcet’s Disease
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis related arthritis
  • Crystal induced arthritis – gout/pseudo-gout/CPPD
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Epicondylitis – medial/lateral
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gout
  • IgG4-Related Disease
  • Infection related inflammatory arthritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease related arthritis
  • Inflammatory myositis
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Paget’s Disease of the Bone
  • Periodic Fever Syndromes
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Reiter’s Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator cuff disorders
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Spondyloarthritis
  • Takayasu’s Arteritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Vasculitis

**If your condition is not listed please consult with us to determine if our rheumatology team can see you or triage you to the specific physician**

Everyone experiences muscle and joint pain from time to time. When the muscle and joint pain is not resolving as one would expect, additional evaluation may be needed. Typically, the primary care physician is seen for the first evaluation. If there is concern for an underlying rheumatic condition, he/she will refer you to rheumatology for evaluation.

Earlier referral should be made if you have relatives with autoimmune or rheumatic disease (as these conditions run in families) or if the symptoms are significantly worsening over a short period of time. Some of the signs and symptoms can improve or temporarily resolve when initially treated but can return once the medication is stopped. If the symptoms continue to return, a rheumatology evaluation may be needed. Although treatment should not be delayed while awaiting a rheumatology appointment, certain medications can improve symptoms and make a diagnosis more difficult.

Joint damage can occur if the symptoms of joint pain are ignored or not treated properly over a period of time. This damage cannot always be reversed with treatment and may be permanent. Do not delay appropriate evaluation.

7 Convenient Houston Locations


4747 Bellaire Blvd. Ste. 150
Bellaire, TX 77401

Phone: (281) 315-8130
Fax: (281) 315-8131
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


314 South San Jacinto Ave
Cleveland, TX 77327

Phone: (936) 571-0508
Fax: (281) 763-2706
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


506 Medical Center Blvd. Ste. 100
Conroe, TX 77304

Phone: (936)-571-0508
Fax: (281) 763-2706
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


27700 Northwest Fwy. Ste. 580
Cypress, TX 77433

Phone (346) 345-2400
Fax (346) 345-2401
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


522 Timberdale Ln.Houston, TX 77090

Phone: (281) 315-8130
Fax: (281) 315-8131
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


130 Medical Center Pkwy. Ste. 5
Huntsville, TX 77340

Phone: (936) 571-0508
Fax: (281) 763-2706
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The Woodlands

9319 Pinecroft Dr. Ste. 100 & 210
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Phone: (346) 345-2400
Fax: (346) 345-2401
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Meet Our Rheumatology Team

Millennium Physicians

Carmen M. Perez-Masuelli,

Millennium Physicians

Leslie E. Wilson, MD

Millennium Physicians

Kalpita Hatti, MD

Millennium Physicians

Anay Vallejo, PA-C

Millennium Physicians

Mohammad A. Ursani, MD,

Millennium Physicians

Anil Warrier, MD