Rheumatology

What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the study of joints, connective tissue, soft tissue, autoimmune diseases and vasculitis. This subsection of internal medicine focuses on the disorders of the immune system.

At the Rheumatic Disease Clinic of Houston, we pride ourselves in being the absolute best in diagnostics and treatments, striving to provide our patients with unparalleled care. We don’t just provide top of the line care, but we also conduct research to further expand our knowledge of our field and stay at the cutting edge of medicine.

Vasculitis, Autoimmune, Soft tissue, and Joints

As with most things, wear and tear over the years is just an inevitability of life. With proper care the life span of your joints and soft tissues can remain healthy and vital as the years progress. The Rheumatic Disease Clinic Houston specializes in helping you maintain proper use of your joints and soft tissues and care for rheumatic diseases.
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  • Joints – are points in the body where bones meet to provide articulation. These help provide our range of motion and grant us the ability to bend and move.
  • Soft tissues – range from muscles, blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, skin, and fat all used to ensure joints work fluidly.

The Road to Good Health

While there is no cure for rheumatic disease, there are ways to combat its adverse effects. Our specialists can guide you towards a more comfortable and well-balanced life.  With the proper medication, regular exercise, and a good diet, it will be easier to manage stress levels and avoid weight gain that would increase the pressure on your joints as well as weaken your immune system. While each situation is different, the passionate staff of the Rheumatic Disease Clinic of Houston look forward to getting you started on your path to recovery.


Major Fields

Degenerative Arthropathies – This is due condition is due to misalignment of bones or the loss of cartilage, or hereditary bone decay.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – Inflammation in your joints that often become deformed which leads to chronic pain. The field of Rheumatology is an evolving science, all aspects of this disease are not quite yet understood.

The areas of the body affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis have many working parts and the disease isn’t one-sided.  The surrounding connective tissue, soft tissue and blood vessels are also affected by the disease, not just the bones. If left untreated, Rheumatic Disease can spread to the lungs and then the heart.

Spondyloarthropathy – a Rheumatic disease that affects the spinal column.

Connective Tissue Disease and Autoimmune

Sjören Syndrome – autoimmune disorder that targets our exocrine glands, affecting our ability to produce saliva and tears. This leads to xerostomia (dry mouth) and keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eyes).

Scleroderma – is the hardening of the skin. The same calcium that gives our bone their structure will begin to harden the skin. This mainly affects the hands, feet and face. If left untreated, it can affect the internal organs.

Polymyositis – this is the loss of muscles in key support areas such as the legs, torso, neck and head. It often results after a battle with cancer.

Vasculitis – Occurs when our immune system begins to attack the veins and arteries that transport the white blood cells that attack them. This can cause damage to the entire body from the heart to the skin.

Lupus

Know the facts about Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Women are nine times more likely to be affected
  • Most women affected are between the ages of 15 – 35
  • Rates are higher in people of non-European descent
  • Childhood SLE typically occurs between 3 -15 years of age
  • Girls are affected four times more than boys
  • Symptoms can be treated with immuno-suppressants
  • Treatable to 95% survival rate
  • SLE has no cure