Rheumatology is the study of arthritis and other common conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, including the joints, muscles, and ligaments. Our rheumatology department treats all different types of arthritis and joint conditions, helping patients address concerns and find relief. An estimated 46 million Americans suffer from one of the many rheumatic conditions, and this number is expected to reach 60 million by 2020. While arthritis and other rheumatic conditions are often associated with older individuals, in actuality, it can develop in people of any age, sex, or race. However, there are several factors that may contribute to the likelihood of you developing the disease, including:
- Environmental factors
Individuals who carry the PTPN22 gene (women, African Americans, and Hispanics) are also at a higher risk than others for developing a rheumatic disease. While everyone experiences some level of muscle and joint pain at one time or another, when the muscle and joint pain is persistent and is not responding to traditional forms of treatment, it may be time to make an appointment with a knowledgeable rheumatologist.
Types of Rheumatic Disease
There are many different types of rheumatic diseases that we offer treatment for here at Texas Partners Healthcare Group. While the signs and symptoms will vary depending on the specific condition, many people experience stiffness in the joints and muscle discomfort. One of the best ways to ensure you receive the treatment you need for a rheumatic disease is to see a specialist as soon as possible. Early detection is key and will help prevent further damage.
Here is a look at some of the many types of rheumatic diseases that we treat here at Texas Partners Healthcare Group:
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Infectious Arthritis
- Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Many of these conditions are degenerative diseases of the joints, which is quite common. In order to find relief and protect your joints, muscles, and ligaments from further damage, please contact Texas Partners Healthcare Group today and schedule an appointment. We have locations in Denton, Allen, Flower Mound, Frisco, Little Elm, Coppell, and McKinney and would be happy to discuss your condition with you today. Rheumatic diseases can develop in the knees, hips, lower back, neck, hands, wrists, and any other part of the body. We understand how painful and debilitating these conditions can be, which is why we offer a wide range of treatments for our patients. To learn more about how we can help you find relief from arthritis or one of the many other rheumatic conditions, please schedule an appointment with a rheumatologist today.