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Rheumatology

rheumatology - south florida orthoRheumatic diseases encompass over 100 different conditions. Many of them affect the joints and muscles of the body by triggering inflammation, swelling and pain. Others are silent and even if they don’t show symptoms, will require preventive treatment.

Some types of arthritis can be totally cured when effectively diagnosed and treated promptly. However some types of arthritis are chronic (long term) diseases. Non-surgical treatment, including medications, often in conjunction with appropriate physical therapy and exercise programs, can relieve pain and increase function. In addition, major surgical advances have been made for some forms of arthritis.

The Center for Rheumatology at South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine specializes in the customized, experienced care of patients in our community living with rheumatic diseases. Our board- certified rheumatologist can work closely with your primary care physician to identify your rheumatic problem and design an individualized treatment plan to help relieve your pain and increase your ability to walk, move and function at your best.

Common Rheumatic Diseases

Rheumatology FAQ

Persistent, severe aches and pains that are interfering with day-to-day functions, along with swelling around one or more joints, can be a worrisome sign. Whether a patient’s condition is simple or complex, prompt diagnosis and treatment are important.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) happens when your immune system targets your joint linings. It’s a long-term condition that also affects other tissue, but the joints are usually the most severely affected. Doctors don’t know the exact causes RA, however. It may be a combination of genes and other factors; in fact, some researchers think an infection with a bacteria or virus can trigger the disease in some people, but so far, they don’t know what virus or other organism does that.

Non-surgical treatment, including medications, often in conjunction with appropriate physical therapy and exercise programs, can relieve pain and increase function. Our board-certified rheumatologist can work closely with your primary care physician to identify your rheumatic problem and design an individualized treatment plan to help relieve your pain and increase your ability to walk, move and function at your best.

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