There are over 100 different types of rheumatic conditions affecting people around the world. In the U.S. alone, over 46 million people are estimated to be suffering from these diseases. The number of those suffering from each of these conditions varies greatly ranging from relatively uncommon affecting only hundreds or thousands to millions as is the case with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
It is estimated that at least 1.3 million adults in the U.S. suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Though not the most common rheumatic condition, according to the World Health Organization, rheumatoid arthritis is believed have some of the greatest impacts on society.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common type of autoimmune arthritis in the U.S. A chronic or long-term disease, RA causes pain, swelling, limited range of movement, stiffness and can affect anyone at any age. Other symptoms felt by many RA sufferers range from loss of appetite to dry eyes or even loss of energy.
An autoimmune disease, certain cells of the immune system begin attacking healthy tissues. These health tissues are joints from large to small. RA sufferers can have joint pain in any joint, from knees and hips to finger and toes.
RA requires a diagnosis by a professional. A rheumatologist specializes in diagnosing and treating the symptoms of RA and other rheumatic conditions.
The Arthritis Institute of Michigan provides patients with the highest quality rheumatologic care available. Services offered by the Institute include lab work and infusions in-office when necessary, joint injections and aspirations as well as viscosupplementation and nutritional therapies as well.
Rheumatologist Flint MI
Recognizing a need for a rheumatologist in Flint and southern Michigan, Dr. Dowd opened the Arthritis Institute of Michigan in 1998. Located in Brighton, we are less than an hour away. We are accepting new patients and invite you to take advantage of our services. Contact us online by filling out the form below or by phone at 1.810.225.7553.