Allergy & Immunology, Rheumatology & Asthma Specialists located in Amarillo, TX

Rheumatology services offered in Amarillo, TX

Rheumatology includes numerous conditions that cause inflammation, affect every part of your body, and without treatment, cause progressive health problems. At Allergy A.R.T.S. in Amarillo, Texas, Constantine K. Saadeh, MD, FAAAAI, FACP, FACR, Nicole Davey-Ranasinghe, MD, FACP, FACR, and the rheumatology experts perform diagnostic testing on-site, identify the cause of your symptoms, and provide advanced treatments that restore optimal health. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Call the office or use online booking to get personalized care that supports your well-being.

What is rheumatology?

Rheumatology specializes in diagnosing and treating inflammatory (rheumatic) diseases affecting your soft tissues, joints, and other parts of your musculoskeletal system. 

Rheumatologists treat many autoimmune diseases affecting the skin, blood vessels, muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. 

What conditions does rheumatology include? 

The conditions treated by rheumatologists fall into two broad groups: arthritis and connective tissue diseases. Arthritis includes all the diseases that primarily affect your joints, while connective tissue diseases cover conditions in other areas of the body.

These are a few examples of the conditions frequently treated at Allergy A.R.T.S.: 

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tendinitis
  • Sjögren’s disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Myopathies
  • Myositis
  • Vasculitis

Most rheumatic diseases progressively worsen. The earlier you seek treatment, the better your chances are of slowing the disease and preventing complications. 

What symptoms do rheumatology conditions cause? 

Rheumatic diseases may appear anywhere in your body and cause a range of symptoms. Early warning signs shared by most types of arthritis include joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. Inflammatory conditions generally cause fatigue and a low-grade fever.

Other possible symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Skin rashes
  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Vision changes
  • Eye pain and redness
  • Muscle pain and tenderness
  • Tingling in your arms or legs
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mouth ulcers 

This list is far from comprehensive, so don’t hesitate to call Allergy A.R.T.S. if you’re worried about any symptoms that don't improve. 

How are rheumatology conditions treated?

The Arthritis A.R.T.S. team makes identifying the source of your symptoms easier by providing in-office diagnostic services, including ultrasound imaging, X-rays, bone density testing, and lab work. 

Your provider recommends treatments tailored to your symptom severity, disease progression, and overall health. Rheumatology treatment plans often include one or more of the following:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Joint injections
  • Intravenous (IV) infusions (biologic medications)
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Immunosuppressive medications
  • Anti-inflammatory diet
  • Dietary supplements
  • Exercise or physical therapy
  • Stress management

If you need an IV infusion, you can relax in a comfortable environment and get the medication you need in the professionally staffed infusion department at Allergy A.R.T.S.

Rheumatic diseases affect every aspect of your daily life. Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn how the Allergy A.R.T.S. team can help you overcome your challenges and reclaim your health and well-being.