Rheumatoid Arthritis Specialist

Vijay R. Karia, MD -  - Rheumatologist

Integrative Rheumatology of Texas

Vijay R. Karia, MD

Rheumatologist located in Houston, TX

At Integrative Rheumatology of Texas, Dr. Vijay Karia offers treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of degenerative health conditions. Patients experiencing symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis, who live in the greater Houston, Texas area, are encouraged to see Dr. Karia and his staff.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

What causes rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition caused by a malfunction in the body's immune system. Instead of attacking microbes, bacteria, and viruses, the body begins to attack its own tissues. When this occurs in the joints and connective tissues throughout the body, it’s referred to as rheumatoid arthritis. The symptoms include joints that are red, swollen, and abnormally warm. The joints can be extremely painful and difficult to move. As time goes on, the excessive inflammation can cause scar tissue to build up within the joints, making them look gnarled and misshapen. As the disorder continues to progress, the body may begin to attack other areas of tissues within the body, including the intestines and bowel.

What is infusion therapy?

Infusion therapy is a form of treatment that has proven to be extremely effective for many rheumatic disorders, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. An infusion is administered through either a catheter or an intravenous injection. Infusion therapy allows the medication to go directly into the bloodstream. It’s much faster than oral medications and easier for the body to utilize. Many people have trouble tolerating the number of oral medications needed to treat their condition. Infusion therapy allows them to receive their medication quickly and efficiently without severe side effects. This type of therapy is ideal for small children and the elderly who may have difficulty swallowing oral medications.

What are the long-term effects of rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis can have a dramatic long-term effect on the body. The inflammation that is associated with the condition can lead to scar tissue and degeneration of both bone and soft tissues. Research has shown that individuals living with uncontrolled inflammation have shorter lifespans than those who don’t receive successful treatment. The longer a person suffers from the effects of rheumatoid arthritis, the more severe the damage to their joints and connective tissues. Joints can become red, gnarled, and immovable due to the excessive amount of scar tissue that has built up around the joint capsule.

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