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Rheumatic Diseases & Conditions We Treat

Each type of rheumatic disease can affect different parts of your body and have unique symptoms. The autoimmune diseases not only have joint involvement but can affect many systems of the body. There more than 200 distinct rheumatic diseases. Among the most common ones are:

Osteoarthritis

X-ray handUnlike most rheumatic diseases, osteoarthritis isn’t linked to problems with your immune system. It results from damage to cartilage, the cushiony material on the end of your bones. As it wears down, your joints hurt and become harder to move. It usually affects the knees, hips, lower back, neck, fingers, and feet.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

RA happens when the immune system attacks your own tissues and causes joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. It’s not part of normal aging.

Lupus

Lupus (also called SLE or systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune disease. It can affect many organs in your body.

Spondyloarthropathies — ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA)

Ankylosing spondylitis usually starts gradually as lower back pain. It usually involves the joints where the spine attaches to the pelvis, known as the sacroiliac joints.

Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome causes parts of your body to dry out, like the eyes or mouth. Some people also have RA and lupus. Others just have Sjogren’s. The cause is unknown, but it happens when your immune system attacks those body parts. It’s more common in women than men.

Gout

A buildup of uric acid crystals in a joint. Most of the time, it’s your big toe or another part of your foot.

Senior Couple BikingScleroderma

Two types of hard skin involving two types, the most common type affecting children. About 90% of children are diagnosed between the ages of 2 – 14. About the same number of adults also get this type of scleroderma. They are typically diagnosed in their forties. This type can harden skin and everything beneath it, including fat, connective tissue, muscle, and bone.

Infectious Arthritis

Arthritis caused by an infection in a joint.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

The most common form of arthritis in children. The child’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues, causing inflammation in joints and other organs and systems.

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

An inflammatory condition that mostly affects older adults.