Specialists within University of Mississippi Medical Center's rheumatology and molecular immunology program evaluate and manage patients with disorders of the bones and connective tissues, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and osteoporosis.
Arthritis, itself a group of more than 100 different diseases, is one category of rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases typically are categorized by pain, swelling and limited movement in joints and connective tissues in the body. However, they also can affect other areas of the body, including internal organs. Our rheumatologists are specially trained to identify rheumatic diseases in their earliest stages.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 47 million people in the United States have some form of arthritis or chronic joint symptoms. Rheumatic diseases are the leading cause of disability among people age 65 and older.
Other recent statistics include:
- Approximately 26.9 adults in the United States have osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is the most crippling form of arthritis and affects about 1.3 million Americans. Average onset age for RA is between the ages of 30 and 50.
- Lupus affects women about six to 10 times as often as men.
- Fibromyalgia affects about 2 to 4 percent of the U.S. population.
Evaluation and diagnosis
- Blood testing
- Bone mineral densitometry (bone density testing)
- Physical examination
- Radiological testing
- Infusion therapy
- Medical therapy and ongoing management