The Advanced health System’s Division of Rheumatology provides advanced diagnoses, and treatments for systematic autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other musculoskeletal disorders affecting children and adults. Our goal is to provide comprehensive treatment and other therapies to help you to live life to its fullest.
Our team has expertise in many areas including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, myositis and other autoimmune and rheumatic diseases. We also have expertise in other areas such as amyloidosis, soft tissue disease, bursitis, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, gout and others.
We conduct research aimed at better understanding autoimmune rheumatic diseases, particularly in rheumatoid arthritis, to develop new treatments.
Tendonitis and bursitis
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Arthritis can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints, and it can make it difficult for you to move. Arthritis affects different people in different ways and to varying degrees. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can be chronic or intermittent. If left untreated, arthritis can cause joint damage. Some forms of arthritis coexists with autoimmune diseases and can affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin.
Arthritis is very common. It affects men and women of all ages and races. In fact, arthritis is the leading cause of disability But arthritis is not just one condition. There are more than many types of arthritis and we have expertise in diagnosing and treating them.
Types of Arthritis We Treat
We treat all types of arthritis, including:
Rheumatoid arthritis: An autoimmune and inflammatory disease that often affects multiple joints
Psoriatic arthritis: Affects up to 30 percent of patients with skin psoriasis
Osteoarthritis: The most common form of arthritis, often related to degenerated changes in cartilage.
Ankylosing spondylitis: A type of arthritis that affects the spine, though it can also impact other joints
Gout: A crystal-induced arthritis that often affects one joint at a time; it is common, especially among men.
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis: Affects children between the ages of six months and sixteen years.
We also have breakthrough Techniques including
Stem cell therapy
Physiotherapy to assist in palliative treatment and healing and increase mobility and decrease disability .
Ankylosing spondylitis is a rare condition that causes inflammation in the spine and other joints generally affecting younger patients. It is commonly characterized as low back pain and stiffness.
Another common condition
Ankylosing spondylitis may cause stiffness lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours after waking up. If left untreated, ankylosing spondylitis can cause fusion of the spines with reduced flexibility and risk for spinal deformities.
The causes of ankylosing spondylitis are not completely understood, but there is a strong genetic component. Ankylosing spondylitis often affects males more than females.
The diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis include patient history, physical exam and imagining tests.
Treatments We Offer
The goal of the treatment in Ankylosing Spondylitis is to improve symptoms and protect the spine’s mobility and function. New biologic treatments have a significant affect in disease control and outcomes.
We also treat less identified conditions like
Lupus, also known as systemic lupus erythematosus, is a chronic autoimmune disease. This means the body’s immune system, which is designed to attack infection, attacks itself instead. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose. The symptoms vary greatly from person to person and from one flare-up to the next. Symptoms of lupus can range from mild to serious and include:
Painful or swollen joints
Lupus is a rare condition with a strong genetic component that tends to at ages 15 to 45, though it can affect people of any age. It strikes more women than men.
Treatments We Offer
Lupus can be a mild disease but it can also be a severe disease. The first step in making the diagnosis is also establishing which organ systems are involved. The most common treatment is the use of antimalarials medications that have been shown to reduce the rate and severity of flare-ups. Other therapies will depend on the organ system involvement.
Physical therapy can also help you maintain your flexibility and strength and prevent changes to your posture.
Whatever the condition our Rheumatologist’s asses investigate diagnose treat and manage with utmost professionalism