Biological therapy is an advanced form of treatment that aims to restore the normal function of the immune system or stimulate it to work against conditions such as arthritis, Crohn's disease, cancer and more. These treatments utilize substances called biological response modifiers (BRMs), which are naturally produced by the body in small amounts to fight diseases, as an effective response to autoimmune disorders.
There are several different biological therapies available to manage these conditions. The best type of therapy depends on the type and severity of your condition, and can be determined after a thorough evaluation by Dr. Jundt.
As with any type of treatment, there are certain side effects associated with biological therapy. These side effects depending on the type of therapy performed, but may include flu-like symptoms, a rash, bleeding and more. Dr. Jundt will discuss these side effects with you and address any concerns you may have prior to treatment.
Steroid and viscoelastic supplementation injections are advanced treatment options for patients with arthritis, gout and other sources of joint pain that have not responded well to exercise and oral medications. These injections deliver relief directly to the source of the pain and are considered safe for nearly all patients.
They can be used to relieve pain in nearly any joint affected by an inflammatory condition, including the:
Corticosteroid injections consist of cortisone and provide immediate anti-inflammatory relief directly to the affected joint. Some injections may be administered with a local anesthetic to reduce any potential discomfort. Most patients experience effective symptom relief within a few days, with only a minimal risk of side effects. Results can vary significantly from a few days to a few months.
Viscoelastic supplementations such as Hyalgan and Euflexxa are made from Hyaluronan, a substance naturally found in healthy joint fluid, to help cushion, protect and lubricate the knee for significant symptom relief. These injections are administered on a weekly basis and can relieve pain for us to six months, although results may vary depending on the individual and the type of injection.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition in which the body's own immune system attacks the lining of the joints, causing swelling, inflammation and pain. This condition most commonly occurs in the hips and knees, and can lead to difficulty walking or moving, as well as a loss of muscle strength. Patients with this condition often experience pain even when the affected joint is not being moved.
Although there is no known cause or cure for RA, there are several treatment options available to control symptoms and slow the progression of the disease, including anti-inflammatory medication and a personalized exercise and diet plan. Early detection can help provide more effective treatment.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues and organs, causing inflammation and damage to various parts of the body. This condition is most common in women between the ages of 15 and 45. While the specific cause is unknown, it is believed to be affected by environment, hormones or other immune system problems. Symptoms of lupus may include; joint pain, fatigue, fever, rashes, chest pain.
While lupus cannot be cured, it can usually be managed by avoiding the triggers that cause flares and treating individual symptoms.
Scleroderma, also known as systemic sclerosis, is an autoimmune disease that involves the formation of scar tissue within the skin and organs of the body. This causes a hardening and thickening of the affected areas and can cause damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys, or other vital organs. Scleroderma is considered a rare condition, but may run in families and can be troubling to everyday life.
This condition occurs as a result of an overproduction of collagen within the tissue of the body. While there is no cure available for this condition, treatment can help manage symptoms and suppress the immune system, and may include blood pressure medication, physical therapy or surgery
Osteoporosis is a disease of bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis, the bone mineral density is reduced, bone microarchitecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are altered. Osteoporosis risks can be reduced with lifestyle changes and sometimes medication. Lifestyle change includes diet and exercise, and preventing falls. Medication includes calcium, vitamin D, bisphosphonates and several others
Gout is a type of arthritis characterized by too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is a waste product that is usually filtered out of the body, but can accumulate in certain joints and form painful crystalline deposits. Gout is most common in men or in postmenopausal women.
Patients with gout may experience swelling, redness, warmth and throbbing pain in the affected joint. These symptoms may come and go suddenly, which can be managed with anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling and pain. Recurring symptom attacks can damage the joint over time, so patients may be prescribed a medication to reduce uric acid levels in the blood
Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) is an autoimmune condition that results in discoloration of the fingers and toes after exposure to hot or cold temperatures or in response to emotional stress. RP is more common in women than in men, and involves a constriction of blood vessels in the affected area that cause the skin to change color temporarily. This condition can also affect the nose, lips or earlobes in some patients.
RP may occur on its own or as a result of an underlying condition such as scleroderma, lupus or other autoimmune diseases. Treatment aims to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks, and may include keeping warm, managing stress, quitting smoking, biofeedback or medications. Treating an underlying condition often improves symptoms of RP.
Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriasis is a common, chronic skin condition that involves a rapid production of skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin and form scales, patches and other unwanted symptoms. This condition develops as a result of an autoimmune disorder in which skin cells replace themselves much more often than normal. Many people with psoriasis may also experience psoriatic arthritis, which causes joint pain, stiffness and swelling in addition to skin lesions.
There is no cure available for psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, but certain treatment methods can help control symptoms and prevent joint damage. Psoriasis can often be managed through topical application of corticosteroids, vitamin D, while arthritis can be treated through anti-inflammatory drugs or other medications