joint, muscle & bone health
Problems with joints, muscles, and bones can make your life difficult. These disorders can affect your mobility, balance and comfort, and make daily life a challenge. Bon Secours Virginia’s rheumatologists can diagnosis and treat these conditions. And, working with you, they can make you feel better and move, again, with confidence.
Conditions we commonly treat include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA);
- Fibromyalgia; and
All these conditions affect women more often than men. RA is an autoimmune disease, which occurs when the body attacks its organs or tissues. RA causes chronic joint inflammation that can result in bone, cartilage, and ligament damage. Fortunately, medication, lifestyle changes, and gentle exercise often make our patients’ lives easier and more comfortable.
Lupus also is an autoimmune disease. It damages various body parts -- most frequently joints, skin, or muscles. Certain medicines may help ease your symptoms. Similarly, fibromyalgia causes chronic pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints. In dealing with this, success often comes via a multidisciplinary approach, relying on stress reduction, low-impact exercise, and dietary changes.
In addition, rheumatologists provide diagnosis and treatment services for osteoporosis, a progressive weakening of bone density. This condition increases the risk for fractures. So, screening is important, especially after menopause. Several screening options exist, and your physician will work with you to determine the best treatment plan.
For a list of Bon Secours affiliated rheumatologists, click here.