Rheumatology

Rheumatologists at Harrington deal with disorders affecting joints, muscles, connective tissues, and soft tissues around joints and bones. With more than 200 types of these diseases, it can be challenging to diagnose and treat them. That is why it is so important for patients to be seen by medical experts like ours, who keep up with new research in immunology.

Other rheumatic diseases include: osteoarthritis and many other forms of arthritis, osteoporosis, gout, lupus, back pain, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Diagnoses range from simple physical examinations and joint inspections to specialized laboratory tests, imaging, cytology, chemical pathology of fluid aspirated from affected joints, and thyroid tests.

Treatments include analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, new gene therapy, and physiotherapy. Our rheumatologists may also work with Harrington’s occupational therapists.

At Harrington, we see hundreds of patients with various forms of rheumatism, and no two are exactly alike. For this reason, we provide personal, customized patient care.

One of our clinicians, James P. Figueroa, M.D., is an internationally recognized thought leader in fibromyalgia. He was also one of the first in the area to introduce hyaluronic acid injections into the knee to treat osteoarthritis. Dr. Figueroa is located in the Medical Arts building of the Southbridge campus.

Samuel Poon, M.D., Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University and an Associate Fellowship Director at Roger Williams Medical Center. Part of the Harrington Physician Services organization, Dr. Poon sees patients in Webster, Charlton and Southbridge.