in Rheumatology

Rheumatic diseases are autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that cause individual’s immune systems to attack their joints, muscles, bones and organs. There are over 100 different rheumatic diseases which often are categorized under the term “arthritis”. This does not include the most common form of arthritis, known as osteoarthritis, which is not an autoimmune disease or caused by inflammation. Osteoarthritis is the result of bone and cartilage breaking down, either over time from repeated use, age, or other factors.

 

Rheumatic diseases do not only affect your bones, muscles, and joints. These diseases can also lead to damage to your vital organs, including the lungs, heart, nervous system, kidneys, skin, and eyes. Rheumatic diseases vary greatly in the impact they have on those living with them. For some patients they may be able to control their discomfort and maintain mobility, while other patients may need walking aids or surgery to live around their symptoms. If you believe you may be living with a rheumatic disease, or are seeking treatment for a rheumatic disease you have already been diagnosed with, Wellspire Medical Group in Humble, TX can help you. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about your treatment options and to get the help you are looking for.

 

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Types of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases Include:

 

Osteoarthritis: the most common type of arthritis, damages both the cartilage (the tissue that cushions the ends of bones within the joint) and the underlying bone. Osteoarthritis can cause joint pain and stiffness. Disability results most often when the disease affects the spine, knees, and hips.

 

Rheumatoid arthritis: a less common type of arthritis that occurs when the immune system attacks the lining of the joint (synovium). This produces pain, swelling and loss of joint function. The most commonly affected joints are those in the hands and feet.

 

Gout: a type of arthritis caused by needle-like crystals of uric acid that gather in the joints, usually beginning in the big toe. Symptoms may come and go and include inflammation, swelling, and pain in the affected joint(s).

 

Infectious arthritis: caused by infectious agents such as bacteria or viruses. Parvovirus arthritis and gonococcal arthritis are examples of infectious arthritis, as is the arthritis that occurs with Lyme disease, a bacterial infection caused by the bite of infected ticks.

 

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis: the most common form of arthritis in childhood. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of joint function. It may be associated with rashes or fevers and may affect various parts of the body.

 

Spondyloarthropathies: a group of rheumatic diseases that usually affect the spine. There are a few forms:

 

-Ankylosing spondylitis may also affect the hips, shoulders, and knees.

-Reactive arthritis is caused by infection of the lower urinary tract, bowel, or other organ. It is commonly associated with eye problems, skin rashes, and mouth sores.

-Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis that occurs in some patients with the skin disorder psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis often affects the joints at the ends of the fingers and toes and is accompanied by changes in the fingernails and toenails. Back pain may occur if the spine is involved.

 

Bursitis: occurs due to inflammation of the bursae (small, fluid-filled sacs that help reduce friction within the joint). Symptoms include pain and tenderness. Movement of nearby joints may also be affected.

 

Fibromyalgia: symptoms include widespread muscle pain and tender points—areas on the body that are painful when pushed. Many people also experience fatigue and sleep disturbances.

 

Polymyalgia rheumatica: involves tendons, muscles, ligaments, and tissues around the

joint. Symptoms include pain, aching, and morning stiffness in the shoulders, hips, neck, and lower back. It is sometimes the first sign of giant cell arteritis, a disease of the arteries characterized by headaches, inflammation, weakness, weight loss, and fever.

 

Polymyositis: causes inflammation and weakness in the muscles. The disease may affect the whole body and cause disability.

 

Scleroderma: also known as systemic sclerosis. The disease is caused by excessive

production of collagen (a fiber-like protein), leading to thickening of and damage to the skin, blood vessels, joints, and sometimes internal organs such as the lungs and kidneys.

 

Systemic lupus erythematosus: also known as lupus or SLE. This disease is caused when the immune system attacks the body’s own healthy cells, resulting in inflammation of and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain.

 

Tendinitis: inflammation of tendons (tough cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone). This is caused by overuse, injury, or a rheumatic condition and may restrict movement of nearby joints

 

 

Telehealth Rheumatic Disease Treatment in Humble, TX

There is no room to compromise when it comes to promoting and preserving your health. At Wellspire Medical Group we prioritize your health and are dedicated to finding solutions that allow you to get the treatment you need, in a safe environment. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff is currently offering telehealth appointments in order to help social distancing efforts. We are doing this as a way to reduce patients sharing space.  With online appointments with your physician, you can skip the waiting room and see your physician from the comfort of your own home. Contact us today to learn more about the physicians working at our clinics, and to schedule an appointment with our team.

 

 

Wellspire Medical Group

Whether you have a medical concern you want to address with a physician or are seeking long-term management and care for a condition you already have been diagnosed with, Wellspire is here for you. We believe every patient deserves a treatment plan that works for their specific needs and lifestyle. At the first sign of an issue, come into one of our two medical facilities. If you do not have an appointment, we will do our best to accommodate you at one of our locations. Wellspire Medical Group proudly serves Atascocita, Humble and surrounding areas. We have been part of Northeast Houston as the Mehta Medical Group for 30 years. Our name change reflects our broader scope of services. In other words, we are working hard to “Inspire Better Health!”

 

 

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