Systemic sclerosis causes the skin to tighten and harden and also affects internal organs, joints, and other parts of your body. At Comprehensive Arthritis Care, the team of renowned rheumatic disease experts offers personalized care for systemic sclerosis to prevent your disease from progressing to disability. Early treatment is the path to an excellent quality of life, so call the Hendersonville, Tennessee, office or use the online scheduling feature now.
Systemic sclerosis is a disease that causes skin tightening and hardening. Additionally, it causes connective tissues in the body to harden and thicken. This leads to the growth of tough scar tissue that can prevent organs, joints, muscles, and blood vessels from functioning normally.
Systemic sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, which means your immune system mistakenly produces antibodies that attack your own body. It usually starts at age 30-50 but may occur earlier or later in rare cases. Women are far more likely to develop systemic sclerosis than men.
Localized scleroderma affects only the skin. Systemic sclerosis affects both the skin and other parts of your body, like internal organs.
Systemic sclerosis can cause problems bodywide, with common symptoms including:
Nearly everyone with systemic sclerosis experiences skin symptoms, but in rare cases, some people have other issues but no skin involvement. Symptoms can range from mild to quite severe. If left untreated, systemic sclerosis can cause serious heart, kidney, and lung problems that could be life-threatening.
The symptoms of systemic sclerosis are treatable. Comprehensive Arthritis Care offers personalized symptom relief as well as treatments to help slow down disease progression. Some of the most common treatments include:
Comprehensive Arthritis Care offers topical creams, oral medication, musculoskeletal injections, and intravenous (IV) infusion therapy conveniently in the office. The team can also provide a referral to physical, occupational, or water therapy.
If you have possible systemic sclerosis symptoms, it’s important to have autoimmune disease experts evaluate your situation and needs. Call Comprehensive Arthritis Care or click the online scheduling feature today.