Conditions We Treat

Arthritis is inflammation of the joint, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limitation of motion. Arthritis is currently the most common chronic illness and the leading cause of disability in the United States. A breakdown of cartilage is what causes the development of arthritis in the joint. As the prevalence of arthritis continues to increase, emphasis should be placed on recognition of the signs and symptoms of joint inflammation. The physicians of Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of Palm Beach are skilled in developing an individualized treatment plan to assist with arthritis issues. Treatment is directed toward reducing pain and swelling, improving function and inhibiting progressive joint damage.

AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

Autoimmune diseases form when the body’s immune system is compromised. The body’s immune system is unable to decipher between healthy body tissue and damaging substances called antigens. An immune response results in the form of a hypersensitive reaction, which destroys normal body tissues. An autoimmune disease can result in the following ways: abnormal organ growth, change in organ functionality, and/or the destruction of one or more kinds of body tissue. For a disease to be deemed as an autoimmune disease, it needs to answer a variety of criteria. The physicians of Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of Palm Beach specialize in treating autoimmune diseases.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

AS is an inflammatory, autoimmune condition that typically begins in young adulthood, but often gets overlooked, or incorrectly diagnosed as pain from a previous injury or aging. It’s an underdiagnosed form of arthritis that creates inflammation in the spinal joints and causes chronic back pain and stiffness. AS is progressive. People may begin feeling pain in the lower back or buttocks region, and it can migrate to other areas of the body like the hips, neck, or shoulders.

GOUT

Gout is a condition characterized by the acute onset of intense pain, swelling and redness in a joint. Most often the joints of the great toe are involved but other joints may also become inflamed. Elevated blood uric acid causes the development of acute gout in the joint in which crystals form, causing the intense inflammatory response. The physicians of Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of Palm Beach are experts in the diagnosis of gout, the treatment of an acute attack and the development of a long term plan for the prevention of further attacks and joint damage.

LUPUS

Lupus is a chronic (long-term) disease that can cause inflammation and pain in any part of your body. It’s an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system — the body system that usually fights infections — attacks healthy tissue instead.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is also referred to as degenerative joint disease and is the most common form of arthritis. The breaking down of cartilage in the joint causes pain, swelling and reduced motion. It is often accompanied by enlargement of the bones around the joint. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, but commonly affects the hands, knees, hips, and the spine. It is related to aging, genetics, and wear and tear on joints. The physicians of Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of Palm Beach specialize in the treatment of osteoarthritis, including the use of medications, physical therapy, and appropriate localized injections which help relieve pain and stiffness.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for 44 million Americans, primarily women. Ten million individuals already have osteoporosis and 34 million more have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for developing osteoporosis and resultant fractures. Known as “the silent thief,” osteoporosis progresses without symptoms or pain until fractures occur. The most common sites are the hip, spine and wrist. The physicians of Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of Palm Beach are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder that causes muscle pain and stiffness, especially in the shoulders. Signs and symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica usually begin quickly and are worse in the morning. Most people who develop polymyalgia rheumatica are older than 65. It rarely affects people under 50.

Psoriatic Arthiritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritic inflammation that causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints, as well as sites of tendon and ligament connection to bone. Symptoms vary according to location and activity over time. Approximately 1 in 20 patients with psoriasis will develop arthritis with the skin condition. In most cases, psoriasis precedes the development of arthritis. The physicians of Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of Palm Beach will create a treatment plan geared toward reducing pain and inflammation, improving movement and preventing joint damage.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease characterized by inflammation of the lining of joints and surrounding tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis is considered an autoimmune disease, which usually affects joints on both sides of the body equally. If untreated, it can lead to long-term joint damage with resultant chronic pain, loss of function, and disability. Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic illness in which the joint is the primary target. It may occur at any age, most commonly in women in middle age. The physicians of Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of Palm Beach will develop a treatment plan that may include medications, exercise, physical therapy, and possibly a surgical approach for those who have had long term damage.

Scleroderma

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease affecting the skin and other organs of the body, meaning that the body’s immune system is causing inflammation and other abnormalities in these tissues. The main finding in scleroderma is thickening and tightening of the skin and inflammation and scarring of many body parts.

Vasculitis

Vasculitis is a term for a group of rare diseases that have in common inflammation of blood vessels. These vessels include arteries and veins. There are many types of vasculitis, and they may vary greatly in symptoms, severity and duration. Most types of vasculitis are rare, and the causes are generally not known. Vasculitis affects persons of both sexes and all ages.
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