Shedding Light on Scleroderma: A Guide to Awareness and Management


June is Scleroderma Awareness Month, and Pacific Arthritis, your trusted partner in rheumatology care in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, stands committed to raising awareness about this complex autoimmune disease. Here, we delve into understanding Scleroderma, its treatment options, and the importance of partnering with a rheumatologist for optimal management.

Understanding Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues throughout the body. This hardening can affect various organs, including the lungs, heart, kidneys, and digestive system. The cause of Scleroderma remains unknown, but research suggests a combination of genetic and environmental factors may play a role.

There are two main types of Scleroderma:

  • Localized Scleroderma: This affects a limited area of the skin, typically the hands, face, or lower legs.

  • Systemic Scleroderma: This is a more severe form that affects multiple organs in addition to the skin.

Treatment Options for Scleroderma

While there’s no cure for Scleroderma, various treatment options can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Pacific Arthritis, with its team of rheumatology experts, offers a comprehensive approach to Scleroderma management. Here are some treatment modalities we explore:

  • Medications: Medications can help suppress the immune system, reduce inflammation, and manage specific symptoms like pain, fatigue, and heartburn.

  • Physical and Occupational Therapy: Physical and occupational therapy can help maintain flexibility, improve strength, and address functional limitations caused by Scleroderma.

  • Telemedicine: At Pacific Arthritis, we understand the challenges faced by Scleroderma patients. Our telemedicine services allow for convenient consultations and medication management from the comfort of your home.

Benefits of Getting Treatment with a Rheumatologist

A rheumatologist is a medical professional specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases like Scleroderma. Partnering with a rheumatologist offers several benefits:

  • Early Diagnosis and Intervention: Early diagnosis is crucial for managing Scleroderma effectively. A rheumatologist can identify the specific type of Scleroderma and develop a personalized treatment plan to slow disease progression and minimize complications.

  • Comprehensive Care: Rheumatologists have a deep understanding of the complexities of Scleroderma and can manage the disease’s impact on various organs.

  • Access to Advanced Treatments: Pacific Arthritis stays at the forefront of rheumatology care. We offer access to the latest treatment methods, including ultrasound treatments and participation in clinical trials of promising new therapies.

Tips for Scleroderma Flare-Up Management

Scleroderma can cause flares, periods when symptoms worsen. Here are some tips for managing flare-ups:

  • Medications: As prescribed by your rheumatologist, taking medications consistently can help prevent flares.

  • Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: Eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and managing stress can improve overall health and potentially reduce flare-up frequency.

  • Early Intervention: Identify your triggers and address them promptly. If you experience any signs of a flare-up, contact your rheumatologist immediately for adjustments to your treatment plan.

Living with Scleroderma

A Scleroderma diagnosis can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to face it alone. Pacific Arthritis, with its team of rheumatology experts, is here to support you on your journey. We offer a comprehensive range of services to manage Scleroderma effectively and empower you to live a fulfilling life.

Schedule an Appointment with Pacific Arthritis Today

If you suspect you might have Scleroderma or are looking for a rheumatologist to manage your condition, contact Pacific Arthritis today. Our offices in Los Angeles and Santa Monica are conveniently located to serve the greater Los Angeles area. We are committed to providing personalized, compassionate care and helping you navigate your Scleroderma journey with confidence.

Additional Resources

Remember, this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your rheumatologist for guidance on managing Scleroderma.

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