What Autoimmune Diseases Do Rheumatologists Treat?

Rheumatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal diseases and autoimmune conditions (rheumatic disease).
What Autoimmune Diseases Do Rheumatologists Treat?
Rheumatologists evaluate and treat autoimmune, inflammatory conditions. Image/Shutterstock

Getting the right treatment is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Hence, we must focus on finding the best doctors and medical professionals that would provide us with the right treatment and medication.

Many of us wouldn’t have heard of rheumatologists but these professionals are internists or pediatricians who receive further training on how to detect and treat systematic autoimmune conditions and musculoskeletal diseases. Collectively, these diseases are also termed rheumatic diseases.

If you are suffering from autoimmune diseases you should look for the best rheumatologists locally. If you live in Orlando, you can look for rheumatologists in Orlando that would offer you the services you need.

Autoimmune diseases can happen to anyone and they generally happen when our immune system cannot identify our body cells from foreign cells and mistakenly attacks them. This leads to inflammation, swelling, and pain in joints, bones, and muscles. Rheumatologists are the experts that diagnose and treat these problems.

While there are more than 80 rheumatic diseases that rheumatologists treat here are five common diseases that you need to know.

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*All individuals are unique. Your results can and will vary.

#1 Rheumatoid Arthritis

One of the most common diseases that rheumatologists treat is rheumatoid arthritis more commonly known as RA. This is a long-term chronic disease that can cause inflammation of the joints. Hence, many patients may find it hard to move their fingers over a period. On the other hand, some patients may experience lumps, known as rheumatoid nodules, forming anywhere on the body. Rheumatoid Arthritis can damage the skeletal system and damage organs like the heart and lungs.

#2 Psoriasis

This autoimmune disorder is a chronic skin condition and can lead to inflamed, red scales on the scalp, knees, elbow, and lower back. This condition is a long-term chronic condition that usually goes through cycles and therefore patients have experienced a few weeks or months of flares before the condition subsides.

#3 Osteoporosis

When it comes to autoimmune diseases related to bones, osteoporosis is the most common of all. While we don’t think of a bone as living tissue, the fact is that it is. Hence, a human bone is constantly breaking down the old and replacing it with new. Osteoporosis occurs when our body doesn’t create new bone to keep up with replacing the old one. This condition causes our bones to become brittle and weak to an extent that fracture can occur even by a coughing movement.

#4 Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis that is common to people that suffers from psoriasis. Hence, most patients that suffer from this type of arthritis have already been diagnosed with psoriasis a few years ago. This disease causes red patches of skin with silvery scales along with joint problems. Most patients suffer from joint swelling, stiffness, and pain including pain in their fingertips and spinal cord.

#5 Lupus

This autoimmune disease can impact various parts of your body including joints, brain, heart, lungs, skin, kidneys, and blood cells. Although difficult to detect, it can be identified with a facial rash unfolding on both cheeks.

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*All individuals are unique. Your results can and will vary.

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Jason Vredenburg, RD

Jason Vredenburg is a nutrition writer with over twenty years of experience as a Registered Dietitian. He has researched and written nu

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