Rheumatic 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 of the more common rheumatic diseases include:
Less common types include:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
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.
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.
Our rheumatologists serve patients along Florida’s Treasure Coast, including Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, and Jupiter, as well as Indiantown and Okeechobee. To schedule an appointment or physician referral, the Center for Rheumatology in Stuart, Florida at (772) 288-2400 or request an appointment online.