Rheumatologic Care

Fast Facts:

  • You are not alone. An estimated 50 million people in the United States of all ages and genders have arthritis or other rheumatic conditions.
  • Many rheumatic diseases are chronic conditions. They are unlikely to go away.
  • There may not be a cure for your condition, but effective management is available for most.
  • Many people with rheumatic disease lead happy, satisfying lives year after year.
  • Rheumatic diseases affect your joints and muscles. Some, like osteoarthritis, are the result of wear and tear. Others, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are immune system problems.
  • Your treatment plan will likely include medications, regular exercise, a healthy diet, stress management, and rest.
  • Years ago, conditions like this fell under the broad heading of rheumatism. Now there are more than 100 distinct rheumatic diseases. Get to know the most common ones.
    • Osteoarthritis (OA)
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Lupus
    • Ankylosing Spondylitis
    • Sjogren’s Syndrome



Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment which stimulates healing. Short for "proliferation therapy," Prolotherapy is also known as nonsurgical ligament and tendon reconstruction, or regenerative injection therapy. Prolotherapy works by stimulating the body's own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured musculoskeletal tissue. The treatment originated in the 1930's when Dr. Earl Gedney, an osteopathic surgeon successfully treated his own severe hand injury. Prolotherapy works by getting the body to use its own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured and painful joint areas. 

Types of Prolotherapy include 

Dextrose Prolotherapy, 

Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy (Referred to as "PRP")

OZONE Therapy

The Power of Ozone

Oxygen therapies can have a beneficial healing effect on the body.

Ozone Therapy is a powerful treatment & healing protocol that anyone suffering with a chronic or acute health condition should strongly consider.

Ozone treatment can quickly improve the function of the immune system and help detoxify the body.

Ozone / Ultra violet blood irradiation can saturate the blood stream with oxygen which can kill bacteria, fungi, and viral infections.

Also in cases of cardiovascular disease, the blood flow seems to improve and so many patients report relief from their symptoms.

These therapies are very safe and we deliver them to patients each year at our clinic.

Here are some of the therapies:

IV ozone (major autohemotherapy)  
Ozone insufflation 
Ozone joint insufflation

BIOCELLULAR THERAPY


Dr. Okeke provides biocelldlar care to those patients seeking comprehensive rejuvenation/restoration/regeneration/reviving/anti-aging therapy.

Prolozone

Prolozone simply put is prolotherapy using Ozone. It is a non-surgical treatment of ligament/soft tissue dysfunction and chronic pain with reconstruction of the connective tissue as a result since it addresses the root cause of the problem in most cases. By thus repairing the connective tissue this may be all that is needed to permanently reverse chronic pain.

RHEUMATOLOGIC CARE



Intravenous Infusion of Biologics

Intravenous infusion therapy is the administration of drugs directly into the vein in fluid form, slowly over time. Intravenous route is chosen when the drug cannot be given by other routes or when it needs to reach the target site quickly as in the case of an emergency. Through intravenous route the drug can reach all parts of the body. Intravenous drug infusion is given in a number of disease conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, cancer, Lupus, Osteoporosis and others.

For treatment of arthritis, two types of drugs are given– one to reduce the pain and inflammation and the second to prevent further damage to the joints. Most of the second type are immunosuppressive drugs that act by suppressing the immune system thereby reducing damage to joints which is primarily due to an improper overactive immune response. The second type of drug needs to be given for several weeks, months or years to be effective.

For treatment of arthritis, we can infuse medications to acutely reduce the pain and inflammation (such as a steroid) and to reduce disease activity to prevent further damage to the joints or other organ systems. Most of the second type are immunosuppressive drugs that act by suppressing the immune system thereby reducing damage to joints which is primarily due to an improper overactive immune response. The second type of drug needs to be given for several weeks, months or years to be effective.

Autoimmune Disease Treatments

Autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system of the body which normally protects us from disease and infection, literally attacks its own cells leading to dysfunction of those tissues. This may be restricted to an individual organ or may involve a particular tissue in different places like nerves, muscles, an endocrine gland or a digestive organ. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune disease and it is one of the most frequent reasons that people visit us at our clinic. Among the most common autoimmune diseases are Hashimotos thyroiditis, systemic lupus,  rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, lyme disease, multiple sclerosis etc

At our Clinic, part of the treatment of autoimmune disease may include treatments to re-programme the patient’s immune system and in many cases, this will begin the process of improving their symptoms toward recovery.