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Rheumatologist in Pembroke Pines Explains Osteoporosis—the Silent Disease

Osteoporosis is a silent disease. One does not know it is present until he or she experiences severe pain, frequently in the lower part of the back or other bony area that may be subjected to stress or minor injury.

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Rheumatologist in Pembroke Pines Explains Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

The course of RA is variable. In the majority of the people the symptoms fluctuate for weeks or months. However, it is generally impossible to predict the course of RA or how it will affect a particular individual. Studies have shown however that the treatment of this type of arthritis must be initiated early in its course as to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, improve the quality of life, preserve physical function, and prevent joint damage.

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What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that produces pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. The specific cause of this condition remains unknown, however genetic, hormonal, infectious and environmental factors have been linked to its development. It a type of autoimmune disease, meaning there is an error in the system that protects us from infections, where the system now attacks the joints. Approximately 1.3 million adults in the United States have RA. This type of arthritis is more common in women. It usually starts around the fourth and six decade of life, however it can occur at any age.

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How is Osteoarthritis treated?

At present, there is no proven treatment that can reverse the damage of OA in the joints. Researchers are trying to find ways to slow or reverse this joint damage. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and improve function of the affected joints. OA is a chronic condition that gradually worsens over time. However, arthritis treatment can often reduce your symptoms, can allow you to stay active, and can possibly slow the progression of this condition. Treatment includes a combination of non-pharmacologic therapies (therapies other than drug therapy), drug therapy, and, in some cases, surgery.

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What is Osteoarthritis?

It is the most common form of joint disease and represents a leading cause of disability among the elderly. OA is a slowly progressive arthritis that is typically seen in middle-aged to elderly people. The place where 2 bones meet is normally covered with a rubbery material called cartilage. This material allows the bones to slide over each other without causing pain. The disease occurs when the joint cartilage breaks down often because of mechanical stress or biochemical alterations, causing the bone underneath to fail. With this condition there are also bony changes of the joints, as well as deterioration of tendons and ligaments, and various degrees of inflammation.

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