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  Autoimmune Diseases      
         
  Autoimmune diseases arise from an abnormal immune response of the body against substances that are normally present in the body. The treatment of the various diseases typically uses a medication that modulates the immune response. Below is a brief description of the most common disorders that are categorized as autoimmune disorders:
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis - RA is a common form of arthritis, involving inflammation in the lining of joints. This leads to a decreased range of motion, swelling, and pain in the areas around joints. RA is a chronic disease and lasts for many years or for a lifetime. It is estimated that there are 1.5 million in the United States alone that are afflicted with RA. This is not a disease of the old, RA occurs in all age and ethnic groups. Early diagnosis is important to getting the proper treatment. New drugs are being developed and the impact of this disease can be reduced.


  • Osteoarthritis - Osteoarthritis, of OA, is one of the oldest and most common diseases in people. When a person has osteoarthritis, cartilage in joints breaks down and can lead to joint pain and stiffness. OA can affect any joint but most often occurs in the larger joints of the lower extrmeties. It can affect the wrists, elbows, or ankles sometimes as a result of injury or unusual stress. OA is a serious but treatable condition. Getting a correct diagnosis and following a recommended treatment plan is important.


  • Lupus - Lupus refers several forms of an inflammatory disease that may affect joints, skin, kidneys, and other parts of the body. Many people with lupus have changes in disease activity known as flares and remissions. The cause of lupus is unknown. It is labeled as an autoimmune disease caused by an improperly functioning immune system. The treatment plan for lupus includes taking medications to reduce the inflammation and modulate the activity of the immune system. As with other forms of autoimmune diseases, a treatment plan designed for the individual is foremost in managing the patient's well-being.


  • Gout - Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden, severe episodes of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth, and swelling of joints. It usually affects one joint at a time, but gout can become chronic and affect several joints. Gout can affect people differently. Some people have one attack and never have any other joint problems. Other people have frequent, painful attacks along with lasting joint stiffness and damage.

These are just a few of the disorders classified as Autoimmune diseases. Visit one of our locations to learn about your disease and the best treatment to get you on the road to an active and healthy life.
         
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