Scleroderma refers to a group of diseases that cause the skin and connective tissues to harden and tighten as a result of the body producing too much collagen. This hardening and tightening can cause pain and stiffness in joints as well as problems with the digestive system, heart, lungs, and kidneys.
Many scleroderma patients have Raynaud’s disease, which causes pain, numbness, and color changes in fingers or toes when the patient is exposed to cold temperatures or is emotionally distressed.
Rheumatologists often lead care for scleroderma patients and partner with other specialists if necessary to achieve the best possible health outcome.
Our physicians are board certified in rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition to treating you with proper medication, they will talk to you about lifestyle choices, such as stretching and regular exercise, that can help alleviate symptoms.