UP Health System – Marquette is pleased to announce that Steven Behrendsen, DO, rheumatologist, has joined the UP Health System – Marquette Medical Specialists.
Dr. Behrendsen brings specialized expertise in rheumatology to Marquette, including the diagnosis and treatment of systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases, including but not limited to inflammatory musculoskeletal diseases.
Common ailments treated by rheumatologists include osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic back pain, tendinitis, and lupus.
Dr. Behrendsen earned his Doctorate at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California San Francisco-Fresno/San Joaquin Valley Medical Education Program. He then finished his fellowship training in Rheumatology & Immunology at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center. He is board certified in Rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Behrendsen joins rheumatologist Dr. Kimberly Thomsen and a team of providers at the UP Health System – Marquette Medical Specialists at the Peninsula Medical Center, located at 1414 W. Fair Avenue in Marquette, MI.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Behrendsen to UP Health System – Marquette and to the Upper Peninsula.
When Should I See a Rheumatologist?
Many of us suffer from general musculoskeletal pain from time to time. But, if you have pain in your joints, low back or neck, or progressive muscle weakness that is severe and persists for more than a few days, you should schedule an appointment with your primary care provider, who can refer you to our specialists. Rheumatic diseases can be difficult to identify in their earliest stages, and you can have everyday symptoms that could be indicative of much more complex conditions. Rheumatologists are experts in this area and are trained to evaluate all of your symptoms to diagnose and treat your condition.
What Types of Conditions Are Treated by a Rheumatologist?
Rheumatologists are experts in diagnosing and treating more than one hundred rheumatic diseases, including but not limited to rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus, Sjogren syndrome, systemic sclerosis, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, polymyalgia rheumatica, temporal arteritis and systemic vasculitis. They also are experts in diagnosing and treating tendinitis and bursitis, severe cases of gouty arthritis and Lyme arthritis.