Announcement for All Riverside Medical Clinic Patients – Telemedicine --

Riverside Medical Clinic Introduces Telemedicine*

To help curtail the spread of the COVID19 Coronavirus, and to ensure our patients can continue to receive the health care they need, we now offer Telemedicine for our Patients.

How Does It Work?

  • Patients who currently have an appointment may be contacted. If you agree to Telemedicine, a link to Telemedicine will be sent to you. Just follow the instructions.
  • For future appointments, when the appointment is made, depending on purpose of visit, you may be offered Telemedicine. If you accept, our staff will guide you on the process.
  • These are options. If you prefer, you may still visit our clinics and see your provider.

What You Need

  • Email access
  • Good internet access
  • Computer with camera, speaker and a microphone
    • or
  • Smart phone with camera/video and a microphone

What If You Are Not A Riverside Medical Clinic Patient?

We have been providing superior health care to our community for over 85 years. We would like to care for you. Just reach out by contacting our patient relations team at 951-782-3602

*Not all providers are participating

Riverside Medical Clinic is concerned about the health of our patients and community and as such we are open for regular business hours and providing medical care.

Rheumatology Medical Services are available at the following Riverside Medical Clinic locations:

Brockton / Riverside
7117 Brockton Ave.

Moreno Valley
6405 Day St.



Riverside Medical Clinic’s rheumatology department diagnoses and treats musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions. It’s part of a group of diseases that can affect your joints, muscles and bones causing pain, stiffness and sometimes, deformity. Common conditions that rheumatologists treat include…

  • Chronic back pain
  • Gout
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Paget’s Disease
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Vasculitis

What is an Autoimmune Condition?

Your immune system normally guards your body against invaders, such as bacteria. It produces antibodies and cells to fight off the bad germs. With an immune system disorder, the body mistakes part of itself as the enemy and attacks it – usually your joints, skin or tissue, although all diseases are different. For example, in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system produces antibodies that attack the lining of the joints. This causes inflammation, swelling, pain and, if left untreated, permanent joint damage. In the case of type 1 diabetes, the immune system mistakenly attacks an organ, the pancreas.

Often the symptoms, like fatigue, muscle aches, swelling and redness, come and go. They may even seem to flare up at certain times and go away for a while, too.

What is treatment like?

Your first visit with a rheumatologist will be as much of a conversation as an examination. Your doctor is acting like a detective at this point, putting clues together to get to the cause. He will look for signs of inflammation in the body and ask about your family’s medical history. You’ll also be asked a lot of questions about what activities cause pain, what makes you feel better and what makes you feel worse.

There’s no single test to diagnose autoimmune disease. Your doctor will want to check your blood and urine for extra proteins and peptides/antibodies. The antinuclear antibody test (ANA) will check for antibodies that attack healthy proteins in the nucleus of your cells. While it’s normal to have some ANA, having too many can indicate the presence of an autoimmune disease. X-rays and MRIs may be needed to spot signs of joint damage. With all you’ve shared, your rheumatologist will then have enough information to decide on next steps in your treatment plan. It could involve a combination of over-the-counter medicines for pain, steroids to ease swelling, certain prescription drugs to combat inflammation, physical therapy to make you stronger and lifestyle changes.

Meet our Skilled Rheumatologists

Rheumatologists complete three years of extra training after medical school with a residency in either internal medicine or pediatrics. Some receive training in both. After their residency, they undertake a two or three year fellowship to learn more about chronic musculoskeletal and autoimmune conditions. Then they take an exam to become board certified. This must be retaken every ten years. In addition, they receive continuing education in the field every year.

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