What is Scleroderma?

Symptoms of Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a group of diseases that causes your skin or other connective tissues in the body to become hard and tight. In addition to affecting the skin, Scleroderma may damage your internal organs, attack your blood vessels and even disrupt your disruptive track. Since Scleroderma can affect different parts of the body, the symptoms it produces vary.

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Understanding Inflammatory Back Pain

Inflammatory Back Pain

It is estimated that between 60 to 80 percent of the U.S. population experience back pain. It is one of the primary reasons why people call in sick from work and require disability. For some, back pain is only a one-time occurrence. For others, it is a chronic problem that can last up to three months at a time. We will discuss inflammatory back pain.

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Symptoms of Psoriasis, Causes, Risk Factors and Treatment Options

Symptoms of Psoriasis

Human skin is constantly regenerating itself. When this regeneration takes place in a normal way, it causes a person to have pliable, flexible, healthy looking skin. However, when an individual is dealing with Psoriasis, there’s an interruption in normal life cycle of their skin. Skin cells begin to grow at an accelerated rate and accumulate on the surface of the skin. This leads to the appearance of silvery scales on the affected area. Red patches develop that are itchy, and at times, painful. We will discuss the symptoms of Psoriasis, as well as the causes, risk factors and treatment options.

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Famous Artists Who Had Rheumatoid Arthritis

Artists Who Had Rheumatoid Arthritis

There are many famous artists in history who had Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), most notably Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alexej von Jawlensky. Both represent a great example of successfully coping with RA in former times when treatment was extremely limited. In addition, these artists took advantage of creative disease management. We will discuss these two artists who had Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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Metabolic Bone Diseases: Causes, Symptoms, Risk Factors and Treatment Options

Metabolic Bone Diseases

Metabolic bone diseases affect the strength of the bones. These can cause brittle and weak bones that break easily. There are numerous types of metabolic bone disease, but Osteoporosis is the most common. Rickets is another common metabolic bone disease that is found in children and results in bones that are too soft.

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What is Gout?

What is Gout?

Gout is one of the oldest and most painful forms of Arthritis. It affects roughly 3.9 percent of adults in the United States, amounts to approximately 8.3 million people. This condition can cause sporadic bouts of pain in the joints and in areas where Gout materializes. We will answer the question, “What is Gout?”, as well as discuss the symptoms of Gout, risk factors, management and treatment of Gout.

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What is Lupus?

What is Lupus?

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the immune system. Also known as systemic lupus erythematosus, it can affect the joints, the skin or the organs. Lupus is a serious condition that requires care and supervision from a physician for effective management. We will answer the question, “What is lupus?”, as well as discuss the symptoms of lupus, risk factors, management and treatment options.

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Bursitis vs. Tendinitis: What’s the Difference?

Bursitis vs. Tendinitis

Bursitis and Tendinitis both can cause discomfort and pain, and make it difficult for you to perform certain activities. Bursitis and Tendinitis also tend to become worse as you age. Many people mistakenly choose to “wait and see” if these conditions improve. However, they don’t tend to improve without some form of intervention. Bursitis and Tendinitis are similar conditions. Therefore, we will discuss Bursitis vs. Tendinitis to better help you understand the difference between these two conditions.

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The Connection Between Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Being able to wake up in the morning and move around without pain and discomfort is something that most people take for granted. When dealing with debilitating musculoskeletal diseases like Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica, rising with little to no pain is rare.

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