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Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune Disease & Rheumatology

Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis: These autoimmune diseases occur when your body's own defense system starts to attack itself. Because these are also rheumatic conditions, their symptoms overlap or mimic those of other diseases. People can suffer from exhaustion and pain and not realize they are experiencing an autoimmune disease.

Since these diseases be hard to diagnose and treat, it's important to see a rheumatologist experienced in addressing autoimmune conditions.

 

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Autoimmune & Rheumatology

Lupus, arthritis, gout - the list of autoimmune and inflammatory disorders is long and their symptoms can be painful and hard to treat. We use the most advanced approaches and recent research to address your specific experience.
Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune Disease & Rheumatology

Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis: These autoimmune diseases occur when your body's own defense system starts to attack itself. Because these are also rheumatic conditions, their symptoms overlap or mimic those of other diseases. People can suffer from exhaustion and pain and not realize they are experiencing an autoimmune disease.

Since these diseases be hard to diagnose and treat, it's important to see a rheumatologist experienced in addressing autoimmune conditions.

 

Rheumatic Conditions: When the Pain is Real

  • Joint pain. Muscle weakness. Inflammation. Exhaustion.

    If you are in pain, don't assume it's normal, due to activity or age. Many rheumatic issues can start off with mild, vague symptoms, but treatment as early as possible can help prevent worse conditions down the road.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatment Strategies
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Living with Arthritis

Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions affect the body's joints, soft tissues and connective tissues. This can make exercise and other movement difficult.

Yet exercise like Tai Chi and yoga can not only help joint ache, but aid in stress relief. Since stress can trigger symptom flare-ups, managing stress plays a critical aspect in staying healthy with arthritis. 

Find out about lifestyle changes you can make to ease stress and pain: Make an appointment with your rheumatologist.

Rheumatology for Children

Our pediatric experts provide friendly care for your child's rheumatic needs.

At UVA Children's Hospital, we treat rheumatic diseases, characterized by pain, swelling and limited movement in joints and connective tissues of the body.

Learn more
 about pediatric rheumatology.

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