Advanced Rheumatology of Houston’s Spring TX Rheumatology Clinic is the place to go for all of your joint health needs. Dr. Tamar Brionez has improved the lives of hundreds in your area through expert pain management, and she believes you also deserve to live as pain-free as possible! Call our clinic today at 281-766-7886 for further information on what we can do for you.
The Spring TX Rheumatology Clinic For You
If joint swelling, stiffness, or pain is making your day more difficult than it needs to be, you need Dr. Brionez’s expert care.
Dr. Brionez has been board-certified in rheumatology since 2009. Throughout her more than ten years of experience, she has remained committed to the high-quality standard of care she provides. If you experience discomfort from an old sports injury, mild pain in your hands that makes it difficult to perform functions like typing, or knee pain so intense you are considering joint replacement surgeries, Dr. Brionez is here to help you.
Her commitment to providing the highest quality pain management possible is evident in her participation in three ongoing global research studies. These studies focus on medications that may improve pain management treatments for individuals with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis.
Global Research – Lupus
Lupus, also known more formally as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, is a complex and diverse rheumatologic condition of which there is currently no cure. Symptoms vary widely between individuals and may include joint inflammation and pain, fatigue, or the damage of vital organs, including the lungs and kidneys.
Dr. Brionez has helped several individuals manage their symptoms and pain. Currently, she is expanding the options available for her patients by participating in the SLE-BRAVE research study. For further information regarding the study and your potential eligibility, see our website or call our Spring TX Rheumatology Clinic today.
Global Research – Arthritis
There are many different forms of arthritis that we diagnose and treat at Advanced Rheumatology of Houston. This autoimmune disease often causes swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and pain in a person’s joints. Several common forms act very similarly: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and osteoarthritis. These forms break down a person’s cartilage, which can cause a person great discomfort and pain over time.
Advanced Rheumatology of Houston is currently participating in two global research studies on forms of arthritis that act this way. Specifically, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
Firstly, the contRAst study aims to slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis through the use of an experimental medication.
Secondly, the KEEPsAKE study aims to improve pain management options for those with psoriatic arthritis. If you have tried other medication options, and none have significantly improved your symptoms, you may be eligible to participate in this study at our Spring TX Rheumatology Clinic. Check out our website or call for further information.
Other Common Forms of Arthritis
The most common form of arthritis we diagnose and treat at Advanced Rheumatology of Houston is the previously mentioned rheumatoid arthritis. This form of arthritis is associated with joint pain, lack of energy, and low-grade fevers. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is the most common form of arthritis diagnosed in the US and is associated with joint stiffness and pain. One key difference between the two is that those with osteoarthritis only experience swelling in affected joints after the joint has been particularly active, while those with rheumatoid arthritis can experience joint swelling at any time.
Do you have red patches of scaly skin? You may have the skin condition known as psoriasis. If so, you have a 15% chance of developing psoriatic arthritis. Dr. Brionez will determine this by examining any areas of skin impacted by your potential psoriasis, then managing your swelling and pain with medications.
Gout and spondyloarthritis are two forms of arthritis we treat regularly that act very differently from those mentioned so far. Rather than break down cartilage within a person’s joints, gout causes tiny needle-like urate crystals to grow within the joints. These crystals would be painful enough on their own; however, once they are created, your white blood cells attack them and can cause you great additional pain. Gout most commonly occurs in a person’s feet, beginning with the big toe.
Spondyloarthritis acts even more differently. There are two main subsets of this family of inflammatory diseases. The first causes inflammation leading to intense back pain. One example of this is ankylosing spondylitis, which attacks the ligaments and tendons in a person’s back. The second subset causes deformities in a person’s bones.
Two Other Possible Causes Of Joint Pain
Similar to ankylosing spondylitis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica is an inflammatory condition that often targets a person’s back. This condition is hallmarked by a sudden onset of stiffness, swelling, tenderness, and pain in your arms, back, neck, or legs. Dr. Brionez can help you manage this condition through regular bloodwork and medication-based pain management.
Though it can be incredibly painful, Polymyalgia Rheumatica is a treatable, non-life-threatening condition. Similarly, the first subset of scleroderma, known as localized scleroderma, is often more uncomfortable than life-threatening. This condition mainly targets a person’s skin but can attack a person’s muscles and joints if not treated properly. On the other hand, the second subset, known as system scleroderma, mainly targets a person’s vital organs and can quickly become life-threatening if not properly managed.
Unique Conditions We Treat At Advanced Rheumatology of Houston
Dr. Brionez is passionate about joint health and pain management. However, she is experienced with and passionate about all bone and joint health across many rheumatologic conditions, whether they involve joint pain or not. Two such conditions Dr. Brionez treats at our Spring TX Rheumatology Clinic are osteoporosis and Sjogren’s Syndrome.
Did recent x-rays or bloodwork reveal a possible loss of bone density? You may have the highly treatable rheumatologic condition osteoporosis. For further information, view our website or call and ask about our simple, quick, and painless bone mineral density test.
Easily the most unique rheumatologic condition we treat at Advanced Rheumatology of Houston, Sjogren’s Syndrome does not impact your bones, joints, or even your muscles. Instead, it targets your saliva glands and tear ducts. If this diagnosis is reached, Dr. Brionez will work with you on a treatment plan as unique as the condition itself.
Are you experiencing moderate or severe joint pain that impacts your daily life? Do the opportunities to participate in our global research studies interest you?
Our clinic is open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday – Friday. Call Dr. Brionez at our Spring TX Rheumatology Clinic at 281-766-7886 for further information on how we can transform your pain and your life today!
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