Rheumatoid Arthritis in Tampa, FL

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition that causes the joints to become swollen and painful. This form of arthritis occurs when your body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells, damaging the tissues in the lining of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly affects joints in the hands, knees, and wrists, though it can also lead to issues in the heart, eyes, and other organs. If you're suffering from painful or inflamed joints that make it difficult to handle even basic tasks, we invite you to reach out to Vital Eagles Healthcare to discover how we can help. Our Tampa, FL practice specializes in pain management and treatments for arthritis so you can get relief and regain your quality of life. To learn more about rheumatoid arthritis and strategies to manage it, schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment with Dr. Paul Banerjee and our team today.

During your consultation, we'll start by reviewing your symptoms. If you're visiting our office in person, we'll perform a physical exam of the affected joints and order lab tests to confirm a diagnosis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition with no known cure, but with a proper management plan, you can control your pain and prevent the condition from deforming your joints or spreading to other areas of the body. Management for rheumatoid arthritis at Vital Eagles Healthcare typically involves medication to deal with the pain and swelling and physical therapy to restore function and mobility to the joints. In more severe cases, Dr. Banerjee might refer you to a specialist to discuss surgery.

The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can range in severity and spread over time if the condition isn't properly addressed. They might sometimes disappear for long periods before flaring up again. Some of the more well-known symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:

  • Pain, swelling, or stiffness in the joints (often in the same joints on both sides of the body)
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Weakness


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Rheumatoid arthritis can be a debilitating condition, but it doesn't have to dictate your life. With help from the caring team at Vital Eagles Healthcare, you can manage your arthritis, prevent flare-ups, and once again enjoy your favorite activities. Our goal is to help you take control of your health and wellness. Reach out to our primary care practice in Tampa, FL, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Banerjee to find out how we can help you.

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