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About the Coeur d'Alene Arthritis Clinic

The Coeur d'Alene Arthritis Clinic (CAC) is a private consultative Rheumatology Clinic located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. It was started in 1983 by Dr. Craig Wiesenhutter . The CAC became involved in Clinical Research in 1987, and has participated in more than 250 clinical research trials since that time. At the onset of 2005, the CAC is conducting more than 15 clinical trials.

Dr Wiesenhutter states "I consider that the primary function of the doctors and staff at CAC is to diagnosis and treat arthritis, rheumatism, and certain bone diseases. Often this is in the context of a consultation with the patient's primary care provider. The most frequent musculoskeletal problems that we encounter at the CAC include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, and osteoporosis. (ACR Rheumatology Resources.!!!)

The great majority of the time that I spend with patients in the clinic consists of discussing the nature of the problem. A thorough understanding of the underlying condition is mandatory for the patients to properly manage the disorder. Many of these conditions are chronic and persistent which necessitates lifestyle changes by the patient, such as improved diet, posture, biomechanics (lifting properly, etc.) and the initiation of a regular therapeutic exercise program. Patients seeking a simple solution with the use of a medication are often disappointed. Most of these medical problems require a well-rounded disciplined approach to management which often leads to significant improvement in function and a reduction in pain. Medications play an important role, but it is an auxiliary role. The Doctors and Staff at CAC act as educators and as a source of support and encouragement for the patient.

Participating in clinical research over the past 18 years has been a real bonus in that it offers my patients, my staff, and myself a chance to use new medications on the cutting edge of research. CAC is playing a valuable role in improving the treatment for arthritis and related conditions."

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