Living with a rheumatic disease is difficult because it often immobilizes your body in some way. Over 46 million people in the United States live with some kind of chronic pain illness, and it has been the most common cause that reduces mobility. At Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal Institute, we offer a wide range of services that help those with rheumatic diseases and arthritis live a pain-free life. Not only do we help those with existing conditions, but we also help diagnose new illnesses. Continue reading to learn more about our services and what illnesses we help treat.
Conditions We Treat
As rheumatologists and arthritis doctors, we treat several conditions ranging from osteoarthritis to psoriasis. We will even help you with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disease, osteoporosis, and lupus. Our doctors treat the following as well:
What are the Symptoms
People who are living with an undiagnosed rheumatic disease often have a few symptoms before visiting our office. People may experience fatigue and constant tiredness, inflammation, or even skin rash on the face, arms, or body. Some of our patients have even experienced muscle pain and joint pain, swelling, or stiffness. If you notice any of the symptoms of a rheumatic disease, it is vital to see a doctor. About 28% of patients who developed symptoms waited four months or longer to visit the doctor afterward. Make sure you get the help you need when your symptoms occur to rule out any possible illnesses.
How We Treat
The first step of treating a rheumatic disease is to diagnose your condition. At MMI, our doctors use an extensive process of elimination to pinpoint your condition. Once we are aware of what your condition is, we can begin treatment. Treatment is often more effective if it starts early on in the illness’s development, and we use a combination of methods to fit your lifestyle needs best. Our specialists often recommend treatments such as non-narcotic medications, physical therapy, injections, lifestyle changes, and even infused medications. Our infused medication treatments are an infusion of biologic agents and medications.
Living with a chronic pain illness can be difficult, but it does not have to be. Visit our office today to meet with our rheumatology and arthritis doctors to determine what condition you have and the best treatment route for you. We strive to help you get to a lifestyle that is pain-free and comfortable.