Our team of compassionate and knowledgeable rheumatologists deliver diagnosis and treatment for diseases like arthritis which affect your joints, muscles, and bones. We know arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are painful, making everyday tasks difficult; our arthritis specialists work diligently to identify the sources of your inflammation and treat your condition and reduce the pain, swelling, and stiffness.
What is Rheumatology?
Rheumatology is a medical specialty in which rheumatic diseases are diagnosed and treated. Rheumatic diseases are systemic autoimmune conditions and diseases which affect your joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones. The most common rheumatic disease is arthritis (painful inflammation of the joints). Other common symptoms of rheumatic diseases include pain, loss of motion, and chronic inflammation.
Our rheumatologists are highly trained specialists who effectively diagnose and treat your joint condition. If you or a family member is suffering persistent symptoms related to the joints and musculoskeletal system, your primary care doctor will refer you to one of our arthritis doctors for treatment.
Which Rheumatic Diseases Do We Treat?
There are more than 200 rheumatic diseases affecting millions of Americans. Our compassionate rheumatology team diagnoses and treats each of these very complex medical conditions, most of which require ongoing care, management, and treatment.
We treat these common rheumatic diseases as well as the other 200 plus rheumatic diseases:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Infectious arthritis
- Reactive arthritis
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
- Sjogren syndrome
- Ankylosing spondylitis
How We Diagnose and Treat Arthritis
Our rheumatologists diagnose your arthritis using lab tests which analyze blood, urine, and joint fluid samples. Imaging tests like X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, or MRIs also help in your diagnosis allowing our arthritis doctors to identify the cause of your symptoms.
Our arthritis specialists develop personalized treatment plans which are focused on reducing your symptoms and improving your joint function, with the goal of restoring your ability to perform normal activities without pain and discomfort. The physician treating your your arthritis may prescribe medications to reduce pain and inflammation, as well as demonstrate stretches and exercises to improve range of motion and strengthen the muscles surrounding your joints. Our caring arthritis team will also help you develop an anti-inflammatory diet comprised of foods to improve your symptoms and enhance your joint health. In some cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to restore joint function.
At Healthcare Associates of Texas, we know the effects of rheumatic conditions on your overall health and our mission is to help you improve your symptoms and manage your rheumatic condition. We’ll develop a custom plan of superior care and treatment to meet your needs and help you live your best life.