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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common chronic autoimmune disease in the U.S. Even the simplest activities, like opening a jar or getting dressed, can be challenging with RA and you deserve relief.

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Slowing down symptoms

Everyday tasks shouldn’t hurt, but if you live with RA, you know that isn’t always the case. RA is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to mistakenly attack your own tissues, resulting in pain, swelling, stiffness, loss of motion and function of your joints. 

RA affects the joints of 1.3 million adults, and it is most commonly seen in women and persons assigned female at birth (AFAB) between the ages of 25 and 45. We work with you to treat the inflammation caused by RA so that it won't affect other organs in your body, such as your eyes and lungs.

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Testing

RA can mimic the early signs of many other diseases, but we take the anxiety out of diagnosis. We spot symptoms early, using a variety of blood and imaging tests. We use the most innovative tools to pinpoint the cause of your pain, swelling or loss of motion with technology such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds and MRI to generate real-time, high-resolution images of:

  • Joints
  • Ligaments
  • Muscles 
  • Tendons
  • Soft tissue
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Treatments

Getting relief from your RA is our top priority with the help of the most up-to-date treatments. RA has no cure, but we can slow down or stop joint damage and help control other symptoms. Newer biologics therapies target specific parts of the immune system, leading to inflammation and joint damage. You will have a comprehensive treatment plan that may include using:

  • Medication: usually taken by mouth that works in different ways
  • Biologics: injected or infused medications that work to battle the auto-immune process itself
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasounds: using the ultrasound alone or combined with applied medications to offer relief
  • Ultrasound-guided injection: using the Ultrasound to make sure the injected medication goes where it is needed
  • Aspiration: using a syringe to remove or drain fluid from a joint
  • Physical therapy: to strengthen your body, improve function, and diminish pain 
     
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