Rheumatoid Arthritis Ft. Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida rheumatoid arthritis patients count on our providers for caring, dedicated, state-of-the-art treatment of symptoms including painful joints, stiff joints and limits on their range of motion caused by this chronic disease.
There is no known single cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis, although it has been linked to hormonal changes, certain genes, and infections. The disease is classified as an autoimmune disease and inflames the tissues, joints, and in some instances, organs. It can happen to people of any age and gender, and especially targets middle-aged women.
In addition to joint and motion issues, other, less-common symptoms include trouble sleeping, numbness and tingling in the feet or hands, chest pain, nodules under the skin, dry mouth, burning, itchy or dry eyes, and chest pain.
Our Providers Were the First in Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis in Weston & Ft. Lauderdale
If you’re looking for a rheumatology specialist in Weston, FL, our providers are among the best in the field.
They begin the process of diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis with tests. They may start with an anti-CCP antibody test and rheumatoid factor test, but since no test is 100% conclusive, they will likely run other tests that may include C-reactive protein, a blood count, x-rays of the affected joints, synovial fluid analysis or erythrocyte sedimentation rate.
Following a diagnosis, the doctor will prescribe a customized course of treatment designed to alleviate an individual’s specific symptoms. Possible treatments may include drugs like Celecoxib, Methotrexate, antimalarial drugs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and biologic therapy. Other options may include lifestyle changes and physical therapy.
If you’ve been experiencing any of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and are looking for relief, contact the offices of South Florida Rheumatology for an appointment.