Rheumatology experts have specialized knowledge in dealing with conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia. Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care in White Plains, New York, has experienced rheumatologists who can diagnose and treat a comprehensive variety of musculoskeletal conditions as well as autoimmune disorders like vasculitis and lupus. To arrange a consultation, call Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care or book an appointment online today. Telemedicine visits are available.
Rheumatology is a medical specialty that prevents, diagnoses, and treats musculoskeletal conditions – diseases affecting your bones, muscles, joints, and connective tissues.
Rheumatic conditions often cause chronic pain, swelling, stiffness, restricted movement, and structural abnormalities. Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care provides specialized rheumatology diagnosis and treatment.
Common conditions that the rheumatologists at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care treat most often include:
There are multiple forms of arthritis, which all cause joint pain. The most common by far is osteoarthritis, which develops after years of wear-and-tear on your joints. It typically affects people from middle age onward but could start earlier if you suffer an injury to a joint.
Osteoarthritis pain and stiffness arise from the wearing away of articular cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in your joints. Without their natural protective coverings, the bones rub against each other, causing inflammation and pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis also causes chronic joint pain, but it has an entirely different cause. It’s due to an autoimmune disorder, whereby your body’s immune system targets cells in your joint linings and destroys them as if they were a potentially dangerous invading organism.
Fibromyalgia is a condition in which you suffer pain throughout your musculoskeletal system all or most of the time. It also makes you feel chronically tired and may cause trouble with your memory, digestive problems, headaches, and many other unpleasant symptoms.
Other conditions the team at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care treat include osteoporosis, problems like lower back pain, and a range of autoimmune disorders such as psoriatic arthritis, vasculitis, and lupus.
The treatment you need for your rheumatic condition varies to a degree depending on which disorder you have and how badly it’s affecting you. Medications are often helpful, particularly anti-inflammatory painkillers, for managing pain resulting from inflammation.
Conditions like rheumatoid arthritis can also benefit from the use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and a class of medicines known as biologics. Physical therapy can be invaluable in keeping you mobile and slowing down the progression of arthritic diseases.
Whatever the cause of your musculoskeletal pain, the Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care team can determine the source and provide you with an effective, personalized treatment plan. Call the office today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.