Patient-Centered Care for Rheumatic Conditions Begins Here

At OrthoAlabama Spine & Sports, our orthopedic doctor specializing in rheumatology is a dedicated, compassionate expert who is committed to providing excellence in patient-centered care. Our rheumatologist, Dr. Gene Watterson, strives to treat each patient as an individual and each family like his own. No matter what musculoskeletal or systemic autoimmune condition you are suffering from, our rheumatology expert will work with you to find the treatment solution that is right for you and gets you back to enjoying the life you love.

Doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating arthritis and other rheumatic conditions, including a wide range of soft tissue, musculoskeletal, and connective tissue diseases, are known as rheumatologists. These rheumatology specialists are medical physicians who have a background in internal medicine. This training fully prepares them to serve as rheumatic specialists as well as accurately diagnose and effectively treat patients with rheumatic disorders. 

Our rheumatologist is a highly skilled specialist whose main concern is your well-being. After performing a thorough assessment, our rheumatologist will use his extensive training in internal medicine to accurately diagnose your disorder. Once a diagnosis has been determined, our rheumatologist will then partner with you to create a comprehensive care plan focused on wellness, prevention, and education.

No matter what autoimmune disorder or rheumatic issue you are suffering from, our rheumatology specialist is committed to always delivering the highest level of specialized care you need and deserve for your condition.

Request an Appointment

To schedule a consultation to discuss your rheumatological issue with our specialty-trained rheumatologist in Birmingham, call (205) 228-7600 today or request an appointment online.

Compare Your Symptoms

It’s important to be seen by a physician for a rheumatology condition as soon as possible, especially before a problem worsens. The following signs and symptoms are common to arthritis, musculoskeletal disorders, and rheumatic diseases. If you recognize any of these issues, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with a rheumatologist:


  • Aching
  • Joint deformity
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness or pins-and-needles sensations
  • Pain that comes and goes
  • Reduced range of motion 
  • Sharp pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness


Our specialty-trained rheumatologist may diagnose you with one of the following rheumatic disorders:


  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)
  • Polymyositis 
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Spondyloarthritis

Providing Rheumatic Care

Rheumatology is a branch of medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating rheumatic diseases. This includes a wide range of issues that impact the joints, soft tissues, and connective tissues as well as problems that affect the immune system.

Doctors specializing in this field are highly skilled at diagnosing and treating disorders ranging from types of arthritis, such as psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis, to autoimmune disorders, like lupus, gout, and psoriasis. These specialists also understand the importance of diagnosing and treating these disorders in their early stages, which is when treatment is most effective but diagnosing is most challenging. 

At OrthoAlabama Spine & Sports, we understand how critical early diagnosis and treatment are.  Our rheumatologist has dedicated his medical practice to diagnosing and treating rheumatic diseases, metabolic bone disorders, and fibromyalgia and is committed to providing exceptional care focused on you. 

Request an Appointment

To schedule a consultation to discuss your rheumatological issue with our specialty-trained rheumatologist in Birmingham, call (205) 228-7600 today or request an appointment online.

Walk-In Clinic Available

Available at our Birmingham and Hoover offices, our Walk-In Clinic provides prompt, expert care for patients suffering from acute orthopedic injuries.

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