CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — Rheumatology issues pose unique challenges for health care professionals and patients due to their intricate nature. Often chronic or lifelong, these diseases are elusive to diagnose and necessitate a dedicated partnership between patients and physicians.

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Recognizing the increasing community demands and the prolonged waiting times patients face when seeking specialized care, Vista Healthcare stands out as Southern Utah’s premier rheumatology provider. 

Vista Healthcare Rheumatology brings world-class rheumatology services to Southern Utah, emphasizing efficient patient care while providing a warm, friendly environment. This innovative clinic specializes in treating various musculoskeletal diseases and systemic autoimmune conditions.

A rheumatologist treats arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders and osteoporosis. Dr. Carmen Gota and Dr. Michael A. Grant are the leading rheumatology specialists at Vista Healthcare’s Joint and Arthritis Center. Their experience helps patients find solutions to complex health issues.

“These patients really get improvements from the therapies we give them, more so than in a lot of other medical fields,” Grant said. “Once we’re able to make a diagnosis, we can see the patient’s quality of life visibly improve.”

Grant is committed to developing the most effective treatment plans to enhance the quality of life of his patients. He strives to develop lifelong relationships with them based on good communication and compassionate care.  

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“I have a lot of support from the ancillary staff, which allows me to really focus on the patients, educate them and build relationships with them,” he added. 

Gota is a rheumatology and internal medicine specialist with three decades of clinical experience, now serving the patients of Vista Healthcare.

“I like the challenge of rheumatology,” she said. “As a physician, I can make a great impact on somebody’s health.”

Gota loves listening to her patients and helping them with all their medical needs.

“It makes me so happy to see my patients thrive!” she added. “My goal is to help patients feel better as soon as possible, so I am committed to helping patients be seen without having to wait for months. If my patients have an urgent problem, I get them in right away.”

The most common issues Vista Healthcare Rheumatology treats include the following:

Rheumatoid arthritis.
Psoriatic arthritis.
Myositis and dermatomyositis.
Wegener’s granulomatosis.
Back pain.
Certain autoimmune diseases.
Musculoskeletal pain disorders and more.

When should you consider a rheumatologist?

Occasionally, pain may be fleeting and mild, with the hope that it resolves naturally. However, when joint, muscle or bone pain becomes intense or persists for an extended period, it’s prudent to seek professional medical guidance.

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Rheumatic diseases are typically not easily identifiable in an early stage. Rheumatologists are trained to do the extensive detective work necessary to discover the cause of swelling and joint pain. It is crucial to determine a correct diagnosis early to begin appropriate treatment. 

Musculoskeletal disorders generally respond best to treatment in the early stages of the disease.

How to book an appointment

Booking an appointment with Vista Healthcare is simple. You can give them a call or visit their website. Vista Healthcare’s Joint and Arthritis Center is located at 1490 E. Foremaster Drive, Suite 220, in St. George.

Should you require specialty care that includes a rheumatologist, endocrinologist, neurologist, pain management, spine care, physical therapy, chiropractic care or sports medicine, give Vista Healthcare a call 435-879-7610 today or visit for more information.

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