Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks joint tissue, causing inflammation of the joint lining. Although RA is a chronic—or persisting—disease, symptoms may come and go unpredictably. That’s because RA symptoms come in flares where there may be periods of increased disease activity and fade or disappear in periods of remission. During a flare, you may notice some or all of the following symptoms:
The Arthritis Center uses careful diagnoses with the goal of identifying the unique characteristics of each patient's illness. State-of-the-art treatment and medication are used to control the illness and to prevent long term tissue damage. Dr. Baak works with patients and their primary care physician to optimize patient recovery.
Dr. Baak has been treating Rheumatoid Arthritis Since 1994 and is Board Certified in Rheumatology. In addition Dr. Baak currently holds the following certifications: