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COMMON RHEUMATIC DISEASES

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis -  The hallmark feature of ankylosing spondylitis is the involvement of the sacroiliac (SI) joints during the progression of the disease, which are the joints at the base of the spine, where the spine joins the pelvis.  Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.
  • Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA)/Temporal Arteritis (TA)GCA is a type of vasculitis or arteritis, a group of diseases whose main feature is inflammation of blood vessels.  Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.
  • Gout or Pseudogout Gout occurs when excess uric acid (a normal waste product) collects in the body, and needle‐like urate crystals deposit in the joints. This may happen because either uric acid production increases or, more often, the kidneys cannot remove uric acid from the body well enough.  Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.  Pseudogout, on the other hands presents as joint problems caused by crystals of a calcium salt called pyrophosphate.  Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.
  • Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus A.K.A. SLE)Lupus is a chronic (long-term) disease that causes inflammation — pain and swelling. It can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system and other organs of the body. Most patients feel fatigue and have rashes, arthritis (painful and swollen joints) and fever.  Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.
  • Lyme DiseaseLyme disease is an infection resulting from the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, which enter the body when certain infected ticks bite. These blacklegged ticks are most often deer ticks.   Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.
  • Osteoarthritis-  OA is a frequently slowly progressive joint disease typically seen in middle-aged to elderly people.  Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.
  • OsteoporosisOsteoporosis is a "silent" condition where the bones are weak and prone to fracture.  Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) -  The typical symptoms (what you feel) of PMR are aching and stiffness about the upper arms, neck, lower back and thighs. Symptoms tend to come on quickly, over a few days or weeks, and sometimes even overnight. Both sides of the body are equally affected. Involvement of the upper arms, with trouble raising them above the shoulders, is common. Sometimes, aching occurs at joints such as the hands and wrists.  Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.
  • Psoriatic Arthritis -  Psoriasis is a disease in which scaly red and white patches develop on the skin. Psoriasis is caused by the body's immune system going into overdrive to attack the skin. Some people with psoriasis can also develop psoriatic arthritis, when the immune system attacks the joints as well, causing inflammation.  Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.
  • Raynauds - Raynauds is excessively reduced blood flow in response to cold or emotional stress, causing discoloration of the fingers, toes, and occasionally other areas.  Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) -  RA is a chronic (long-term) disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling and limited motion and function of many joints. While RA can affect any joint, the small joints in the hands and feet tend to be involved most often. Inflammation sometimes can affect organs as well, for instance, the eyes or lungs.  Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.
  • Sjogren's Syndrome -  Sjögren's syndrome is an inflammatory disease that can affect many different parts of the body, but most often affects the tear and saliva glands. Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.
  • Tendinitis and BursitisTendinitis or bursitis often involves the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle. The pain it causes may be quite severe and often occurs suddenly. As in arthritis, the pain is worse during movement. Unlike arthritis, the pain is often in parts of the body far from a joint.  Dowload an informative Pamphlet in English or Spanish.

COMMON CONSUMABLE, INJECTABLE AND INFUSIBLE MEDICATIONS

BENIGN POSITIONAL VERTIGO (BPV)

  • BPV is a disorder arising in the inner ear. Its symptoms are repeated episodes of positional vertigo, that is, of a spinning sensation caused by changes in the position of the head. BPV is the most common cause of the symptoms of vertigo.  Here is a Video for some BPV Exercises!

GOUT

PLANTAR FASCIITIS

  • Plantar Fasciitis Taping - Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain in adults. Plantar fasciitis is caused by a strain of the ligaments in an area of the foot called the plantar fascia.  Taping the affected foot with a technique known as low-Dye taping may be beneficial for some people, particularly those with “first step” pain. Four strips of tape are applied as illustrated in the video. The tape should not be applied too tightly. Hypoallergenic tape may be recommended for people with allergic reactions to tape.

ARTICLE:  Surprising Triggers of Inflammation

  • "Lifestyle changes may calm your disease and make you feel better."

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