A rheumatologist is an internal medicine physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the joints and soft tissues, as well as autoimmune diseases and vasculitis. Because many rheumatic conditions result from problems with the immune system, rheumatology also deals with the medical branch of immunology.
Common Disorders Treated by a Beverly Hills Rheumatologist
Beverly Hills rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker helps diagnose and treat patients for many joint and autoimmune disorders in her technologically advanced practice. Some of the most common disorders treated by a rheumatologist include :
Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder and results from normal wear and tear on the joints over time as people age. The most prevalent symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain and stiffness in the joint, often worse after exercise.
With osteoporosis, bones become brittle and more prone to fracturing due to loss of density. There are usually no early symptoms to indicate the disease, and most patients are diagnosed after suffering a fracture as a result of the condition.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the joints and the surrounding tissue. Autoimmune disorders occur when the immune system misidentifies and attacks healthy tissue in the body. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect other organs, and early symptoms usually include pain, stiffness, and fatigue in the fingers, wrists, feet, and ankles.
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Also known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is a condition which usually affects children 16 years old and younger. While symptoms eventually go away in some patients, others suffer with the condition throughout their lives. Treatment focuses on minimizing pain, maximizing function, and preventing permanent joint damage.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Lupus is also an autoimmune disease that leads to chronic joint pain and inflammation. Symptoms of Lupus can vary widely from patient to patient, but some of the most common include joint pain and swelling, fatigue, a rash across the cheeks and nose often referred to as a “butterfly” rash, sensitivity to sunlight, swollen lymph nodes, fever, and hair loss.
Vasculitis causes inflammation of the blood vessels and can cause changes in the walls of the blood vessels including thickening, weakening, narrowing, and scarring. Vasculitis can affect anyone and can also range from acute (short term) to chronic (long term). Some of the most common symptoms include fever, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, numbness and weakness.
A form of arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis affects the bones and joints at the base of the spine and the pelvis. The spinal bones may become swollen and inflamed and may fuse together over time. The first symptoms are usually lower back pain and stiffness, as well as swelling and fatigue.
Psoriatic arthritis is a skin rash that accompanies arthritis. The underlying arthritis can range from mild to severe, but usually affects the joints of the hands and fingers. Symptoms include a skin rash with the joint pain and swelling from arthritis.
Reactive arthritis refers to a group of conditions that can affect several areas such as the joints, eyes, and urethra with swelling and inflammation, usually as the result of an infection.
Inflammatory Bowel Arthritis (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Arthritis)
Inflammatory bowel arthritis is also an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and swelling in the intestines.
Juvenile spondyloarthritis is a grouping of rheumatic conditions that affect children under the age of 16.
Contact Dr. Susan Baker Today!
Contact Dr. Susan Baker today at (310) 274–7770 to schedule a consultation with a Beverly Hills rheumatologist. Dr. Baker has years of experience treating and a variety of rheumatic diseases, and can help you today.
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