Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) is a ground breaking non-operative treatment option that relieves pain by naturally promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. The acronym PRP has most recently been featured in the news with the rising popularity of the treatment among professional athletes, recreational athletes, and highly functional individuals. Many have attributed PRP […]

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a progressive disease that causes spinal vertebrae to slowly begin fusing together – especially those in the lower back near the base of the spine. The inflammation that affects the joints can also gradually affect other areas of the body, such as the hip and shoulder joints, the eyes, or the […]

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a dermatological condition that causes the build-up of skin cells on the skin. Instead of shedding the skin normally, it forms patches that may become thick, inflamed, and painful. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, but symptoms and ‘flare-ups’ may come and go. Most patients require medications to remove psoriasis plaques and also prevent […]

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Back Pain

Back Pain

Rheumatologists treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system, but they are especially helpful in treating back pain. Our Corpus Christi Rheumatologists do not actually target pain relief itself so much as they attempt to treat the underlying conditions responsible for pain. Instead of merely masking a pain with over-the-counter or prescription medications, many patients who see a rheumatologist […]

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Neck Pain

Neck Pain

Your neck – also referred to as the cervical spine – is a delicate accumulation of vertebrae, nerves, and muscles that work to support your head. The neck is very flexible and capable of rotating from side to side, up and down. Though the neck is not weak, it is susceptible to injury and pain. […]

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Gout

Gout is a very painful form of arthritis that presents in acute and sudden attacks of intense pain. Though gout attacks most frequently occur at night, they can happen at any time with little or no warning. The most common symptom is extreme sensitivity, pain and tenderness at the base of the toe or in […]

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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a disease characterized by joint damage caused by ‘wear and tear’ occurring within joint cartilage over time. This degenerative joint disorder causes joint pain and tenderness, as well as swelling, stiffness and loss of flexibility among some patients. Osteoarthritis is progressive, beginning with minimal symptoms that gradually worsen. Some of the joints most […]

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Systemic Sclerosis

Systemic sclerosis – also known as scleroderma – is a progressive disease that causes complications with various systems of the body and nearly always the skin. Almost all patients with systemic sclerosis experience a thickening or hardening of the skin. Dermatological changes occur progressively but may eventually cause a loss of flexibility. Though some scleroderma patients […]

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Polymyositis

Polymyositis is an inflammatory disease that causes the body to produce antibodies against its own tissues. It is characterized by the progressive muscle weakness it causes – particularly among muscles closest to the trunk of the body. Other symptoms may include joint tenderness, speech impairment, shortness of breath, fatigue or difficulty swallowing. Did you know? […]

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Dermatomyositis

Dermatomyositis is an inflammatory condition that causes the body to produce antibodies that surround small blood vessels and cause muscle degeneration in those areas. Dermatomyositis most commonly presents itself with muscle weakness and skin changes. Weakness is generally symmetrical and isolated close to the trunk of the body in the shoulders, neck, hips or upper […]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disease that causes an inflammation of the lining of the joints. Its symptoms include swollen and tender joints accompanied by morning stiffness and sometimes fever, weight loss and fatigue. Rheumatoid arthritis most frequently affects the smallest joints in the body, eventually spreading to the knees, hips and shoulders. The […]

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain, as well as additional pain at various ‘tender points’ on the body. This pain is usually associated with the muscles and may be accompanied by fatigue, morning ‘stiffness’, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, depression or irritable bowel syndrome. There is no known cause of fibromyalgia, but researchers believe that […]

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by brittle bones that are highly susceptible to fractures. Unfortunately, the disease is often ‘silent’ and does not become obvious until it causes a fracture or break. Though osteoporosis can affect any bone, it most frequently causes breaks or fractures in the hips, spine, and wrist. Did you know? According […]

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Vasculitis

Vasculitis is an inflammatory disease that causes thickening of the blood vessel walls. Because there are several types of vasculitis, signs and symptoms can vary significantly from person to person. However, many people who suffer from this disease experience muscle and joint pain, as well as numbness and weakness. Some also experience fever, fatigue, and […]

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to create abnormal antibodies to attack its own tissues. These antibodies attack both the skin tissues and those of internal systemic organs. Any part of the body may be affected, including vital organs like the kidneys, heart, brain and lungs. Joint pain and stiffness […]

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