In order to be effectively managed, rheumatoid arthritis needs to be caught and treated early in its progression. Because we understand the importance of this, we have established an early arthritis clinic that is dedicated to providing patients with easily accessible diagnostic care and treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
Located in the Brazos Valley, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic of Brazos Valley is dedicated to providing patients with the best osteopathic care available including PRP therapy, treatment of polymyalgia rheumatica, bone diseas, scleroderma and more. Contact us today for more information about our practice or to schedule an appointment with our early arthritis clinic.
Why Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Early?
Our early arthritis clinic was formed for the specific purpose of quickly diagnosing and treating rheumatoid arthritis. It’s critically important to deal with rheumatoid arthritis early because it is a progressive autoimmune disease. Fortunately, most cases of rheumatoid arthritis can be put into remission if aggressive treatment is begun at the early stages of the disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis most typically affects the lining of the joints of your hands and feet, progressing to other areas of the body if uncontrolled. If left untreated, rheumatoid arthritis can result in joint destruction, deformity, erosion, and functional disability. Through education, early diagnosis and early treatment, we hope to help our prevent our patients from dealing with these complications.
Risk Factors for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Nearly anyone can develop rheumatoid arthritis at any age. However, it’s important to be aware of some general trends that point to increased risk. Seventy-five perceont of the people that develop rheumatoid arthritis are women, and the disease most commonly onsets between the ages of 30-50. You may also be more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis if someone in your family has the disease. Primary symptoms include:
- Stiffness that lasts for hours
- Tender or warm joints
- Fatigue, fever, or weight loss
- Firm bumps under the skin on your arms
- Limited motion and function of the joints
These symptoms can come and go, making the condition particularly tricky to diagnose. However, If you experience any of these warning signs periodically in both sides of your body, it’s important that you contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Despite the fickleness of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, there are many ways to find out if you’re affected. Our early arthritis clinic and arthritis & osteoporosis center consists of healthcare professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, as well as the development of individual treatment plans. We will see you within 2 weeks of you either being referred to us by another doctor or calling to schedule an appointment with the early arthritis clinic.
Evaluations are done by either Dr. Ricardo Pocurull or Dr. Rajpreet Singh, both of whom are board-certified rheumatologists. These evaluations include the collection of medical history, as well as joint examination, blood work, x-rays and joint ultrasounds to diagnose arthritis and osteporosis. If it is found out that you do have rheumatoid arthritis, our doctors will work closely with you in developing a unique treatment plan to manage your symptoms.
If you suspect that you or someone you love may have rheumatoid arthritis, don’t hesitate: contact us today and visit our arthritis clinic.