URMC / Medicine / Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology / Patient Care / Early Arthritis Clinic Early Arthritis Clinic Part of Strong Memorial Hospital Our Services Our consultative services provide early diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory arthritides including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Our facilities feature state-of-the-art diagnostic modalities, including musculoskeletal ultrasound. We offer patient education and community resource counseling. Our Goals To facilitate contact between a patient with inflammatory arthritis and a rheumatologist during the first three months of symptoms To start patients with inflammatory arthritis on treatment as early as possible To provide patients access to state-of-the-art diagnostic modalities, including musculoskeletal ultrasound Quick Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes joint inflammation. RA is progressive and results in joint destruction and functional disability, especially if untreated. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent joint damage and decrease disability. Learn more about early arthritis: Patients Health Care Providers Our Providers Allen Anandarajah, M.D., MSc Bethany Marston, M.D. Darren Tabechian, M.D. Ralf Thiele, M.D.