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Should You See a Rheumatologist? Here Are 4 Reasons Why Jun 6th, 2019

Many people don’t usually think about seeing a rheumatologist in Indiana. However, that will soon change as the United States’s population continues to age. In a 2015 study, the American College of Rheumatology projects that around 67 million adults will be diagnosed with arthritis by 2030. Meanwhile, 1.3 million currently have...

Pain and Gain May 9th, 2019

Human bodies are imperfect. They break down. They can start to hurt after a while. At some point, a few human bodies will end up afflicted with a fair amount of chronic pain; gout, joint pain, arthritis, and a myriad of other rheumatoid ailments. But there are ways to deal with...

Lupus and Osteoporosis: What Everyone Should Know Apr 8th, 2019

As a provider of rheumatology treatment in Muncie, Indiana, we treat a variety of bone and joint-related disorders. One of the many diseases that come under our focus is lupus. The NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center describes lupus as an autoimmune disease, the result when the immune...

Psoriatic Arthritis and Our Role in the Treatment Mar 12th, 2019

Psoriasis is a disease that presents itself as scaly red and white patches developing on the skin. This occurrence is caused by the body’s immune system attacking its own skin. Patients with psoriasis may also develop Psoriatic Arthritis; manifesting stiff, painful, and swollen joints. Identical to Psoriasis, the Psoriatic Arthritis symptoms...

Professionals on Diagnosing and Treating Osteoarthritis Feb 18th, 2019

What is and what causes Osteoarthritis (OA)? Medically, there are 100 types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is considered most common. It is described as a chronic (long-term), degenerative joint condition; meaning, it gets worse over time by breaking down joint cartilage of the hands, knees, hips, or spine most often. OA...

Medications That May Cause Bone Loss Jan 16th, 2019

Synthetic GlucocorticoidsGlucocorticoids are created by the body naturally as cortisone or cortisol. These are necessary for the body’s growth, metabolism, and response to physical stresses like injuries, infections, and inflammation. Synthetic glucocorticoids like prednisone are widely used as an effective anti-inflammatory drug. However, high levels of both synthetic and natural...

Patient Education: Tendonitis and Tenosynovitis Dec 17th, 2018

Overview Tendons are identified as strong cords of tissue that join muscles to bones. When a tendon is inflamed, the condition is called tendonitis. It happens to one or many tendons in the body. The inflammation causes swelling, pain, and discomfort. Moreover, tenosynovitis is connected to tendonitis. This is the...

FAQ: Scleroderma Nov 16th, 2018

What is scleroderma? More commonly observed in women, scleroderma refers to abnormal growth of connective tissue that affects joints, skin, and internal organs. This disease is degenerative and worsens over time. If it affects only an area, then it’s called localized scleroderma. If it affects the whole body, then it...

Osteoporosis: Risk Factors You CAN and CANNOT Change Oct 15th, 2018

In celebration of this year’s World Osteoporosis Day in the 20th of October, the Rheumatology of Central Indiana presents this comprehensive list with the hope of educating patients and raising awareness about the risk factors of Osteoporosis. Risk factors you CANNOT change: Gender – Women pose a greater chance of developing osteoporosis than men due to...

FAQ: Gout Sep 4th, 2018

What is Gout? A condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints. These are due to the occurrence of monosodium urate crystal deposits in and around the joints. In contrast to lupus, gout affects more men than women. This is often linked to obesity, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, and...

Professionals on Lupus and Nutrition Aug 2nd, 2018

Overview Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) refers to a systemic autoimmune disorder that is characterized by the presence of autoantibodies that attack healthy self-protein and affect multiple organ systems. These organs may include joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs. Statistically, lupus is present more in women than in men. The typical...

Professionals on Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis Jul 12th, 2018

Overview Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic or long-term disease which is characterized by the inflammation of the joints. Depending on the severity, the inflammation can affect the appearance and functionality of the joints and other parts of the body. Also, lumps or rheumatoid nodules may occur anywhere in the body. People...