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Symptoms of rheumatic diseases vary but typically include inflammation, swollen or tender joints, stiffness, fatigue, and mental stress. The level of pain caused by a rheumatic disease can be unpredictable and change over time; ranging from high when activity level is increased and symptoms are most severe, down to low when activity is decreased, and symptoms are less apparent.
We treat a full spectrum of rheumatic diseases affecting joint pain and range of motion. While rheumatic diseases can develop in people of any age, gender, or race, some people are more susceptible to some than others. Contributing factors to the disease include genetics, environment, gender, and age. Below is a list of the most common rheumatic diseases we treat.
To get the most out of your visit with your rheumatologist, it's important to know what questions and concerns you have ahead of time. Come prepared to your appointment by bringing your insurance card, as well as a list of questions, medications, and any possible concerns so that all your health needs are met. Make sure to schedule a follow-up appointment if needed to keep your health in check.
When it comes to choosing safe and effective treatments, your rheumatologist will know what medications and therapies to prescribe for your lifestyle. Treatment plans differ depending on the specific rheumatic disease. However they typically include a combination of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and physical or occupational therapy. If medications and therapy fail to slow joint damage, you and your doctor may consider surgery as a last resort. Consult your rheumatologist about designing a treatment plan together that caters to your needs.
You can take proactive steps today to prevent and ease joint pain. These self-care tips, when used along with medications and therapies, can help you manage the symptoms holding you back.