There are over one hundred types of arthritis alone and numerous other autoimmune conditions that affect different regions of the body. According to Biotechnology Medicines in Development report:
~ Autoimmunity is the underlying cause of more than 100 serious, chronic illnesses, targeting women 75 percent of the time.
~ More than 100 million Americans—one-third of the U.S. population—are afflicted with skin diseases.
Arthritic conditions commonly present with joint swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Each of these symptoms can fluctuate in severity, frequency, and duration. Chronic pain can contribute to a decline in daily activities and quality of life. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.
Medical treatment for mild or moderate arthritic conditions can include: oral medications, physical therapy, rest balanced with exercise, a healthy diet with weight management and avoiding excessive repetitive movements.
Typically it is inflammatory and autoimmune types of arthritic conditions that we treat with biologic medications at our infusion centers.