Rheumatology is the study and treatment of rheumatic diseases.  Rheumatologists deal with clinical issues involving joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculitis, and heritable connective tissue disorders.

Rheumatism is a non-specific term most often used to describe any painful disorder affecting movement, including joints, muscles, connective tissues, soft tissues around the joints and bones.  Specific rheumatological disorders include rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, and systemic lupus erythematosus.

James Nakashima, MD is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, and the American College of Physicians.  Dr. Nakashima is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Internal Medicine Rheumatology.