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Rheumatoid arthritis treatment in Austin, TX

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

One of the most common conditions Dr. Robert Koval treats is rheumatoid arthritis. His background in internal medicine and autoimmune disorders gives him extensive knowledge and experience dealing with inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Koval provides all patients a comprehensive evaluation, orders appropriate test and provides patients with a treatment plan best suited for their individual needs.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes the synovium, a membrane that lines our joints, to become inflamed and painful. It also causes joint swelling and deterioration. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most serious and disabling types of arthritis. The primary cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown. The condition can affect people of all ages, but it most frequently occurs in women and those over the age of 30. Rheumatoid arthritis commonly affects the hand. The goal for treatment is to reduce pain, improve mobility, increase function, and prevent further injury.

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:

  • Stiff, swollen, and painful joints, even during rest
  • Creaking noises in your joints
  • Instability and limited mobility in your joints

Treatment options include:

  • Prescription medications
  • Intravenous injections and infusion services
  • Splinting to support the joints during activity
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthopedic surgery

The type of treatment you receive depends on the severity and extent of the arthritis. Your activity level and desired outcomes are considered as well.

If you are experiencing joint pain that just won’t get better, we encourage you to see Dr. Koval in Cedar Park or Northwest Austin, Texas for a rheumatoid arthritis evaluation. He’ll take the time to explain the condition and treatment options available, so that you can make an informed decision and get on the road to a better quality of life. Call Texas Orthopedics at (512) 439-1001 to make an appointment or use our online request form.