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Regional Musculoskeletal Disorders

Arthritis Northwest PLLC -  - Rheumatology

Arthritis Northwest PLLC

Rheumatology located in Spokane, WA & Spokane Valley, WA

Regional musculoskeletal disorders can severely impact your movement and even your independence if untreated. The expert rheumatologists at Arthritis Northwest PLLC in Spokane, Washington, have considerable experience treating all types of musculoskeletal disorders, and they’re ready to help you maximize your quality of life. Call the office to book your appointment now. Or, visit us online.

Regional Musculoskeletal Disorders Q & A

What are regional musculoskeletal disorders?

Regional musculoskeletal disorders are a group of conditions affecting your musculoskeletal system, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and joints, in a particular part of your body. In contrast, some musculoskeletal disorders can affect virtually all parts of your body. 

While regional musculoskeletal disorders affect one area, it's often a large area or a vitally important joint like the hip, so they can be damaging if untreated.

Your musculoskeletal system is crucial for mobility and function, so any damage in that system can cause uncomfortable symptoms and may result in serious, long-term consequences. 

Arthritis Northwest PLLC specializes in musculoskeletal disorders, particularly inflammatory and autoimmune conditions involved in musculoskeletal pain and other symptoms. 

What are common regional musculoskeletal disorders?

Regional musculoskeletal disorders treated at Arthritis Northwest PLLC include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Gout
  • Pseudogout
  • Inflammatory muscle disease
  • Systemic sclerosis
  • Undifferentiated connective tissue disease
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Axial spondyloarthritis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Ankylosing spondylitis

Arthritis Northwest PLLC offers diagnosis and treatment for other regional musculoskeletal disorders as well.

What are the symptoms of regional musculoskeletal disorders?

Regional musculoskeletal disorders often cause pain, stiffness, dull aching, swelling, and other issues, often in and around joints.

With severe or late-stage musculoskeletal disorders, you may have problems with walking, climbing stairs, standing from a sitting position, or performing other movements that you need to do on a regular basis.

How are regional musculoskeletal disorders diagnosed?

Arthritis Northwest PLLC performs full diagnostic work-ups. This usually starts with an exam to evaluate your physical symptoms and changes such as muscle atrophy and joint deformities. You may have reflex tests and tests to evaluate your nerve function. 

Most people who have a suspected regional musculoskeletal disorder need imaging tests like X-rays or blood tests to look for indicators of inflammatory conditions. The in-clinic imaging department and laboratory allow for quick testing with same-day results usually available. 

How are regional musculoskeletal disorders treated?

Arthritis Northwest PLLC offers traditional medical approaches, cutting-edge innovations, and naturopathic medicine. Your treatment plan depends on many factors, including your condition, your symptoms, and your preferences.

Many people combine traditional and natural medicine treatments with lifestyle changes to help them enjoy maximum quality of life. Most treatments are available in the office, including intravenous (IV) infusions in a comfortable room with a lovely view. 

To learn more about your treatment options for regional musculoskeletal disorders, call Arthritis Northwest PLLC to book your appointment today. Or, visit us online.