Connective tissues are tissues that join body structures together. They are made up of collagen and elastin. Collagen is a protein found in the tendons and cartilage while elastin is a major component in the skin and ligaments. When you have a connective tissue disorder, the collagen and elastin are inflamed and harm the body parts they connect.
Types of connective tissue disorders
The connective tissue disorders are genetic or caused by environmental factors. They include:
This is a condition in which the immune system attacks its own body, also known as an autoimmune disease. In this disorder, the immune cells attack and cause inflammation of the membrane around the joints. It is the most common connective tissue disorder and it can be inherited.
This is also an autoimmune disorder that causes scar tissues to form in the internal organs, skin and small blood vessels. It occurs more often in women than in men, especially during childbearing.
This is a disorder that involves swelling of the blood vessels that mainly affects the nose, lungs and kidneys.
This is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the cells found in the blood vessels of the skin, nerves and lungs.
Physical therapy at Port Chester, NY involves genetic silencing of problematic genes that may cause connective tissue disorders. Physical therapy at True Way Physical Therapy helps to reduce symptoms of connective tissue disorders. The following medications are used to treat autoimmune connective tissue disorders:
- Methotrexate which controls rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
- Immunomodulators which improve the immune system.
- Calcium channel blockers which relax the muscles in the walls of the blood vessel.
- Surgeries can also be successful in correcting a damaged connective tissue if performed before rupture.
Physical therapists at True Way Physical Therapy are committed to ensuring that your lifespan is prolonged as a patient may survive for at least 10 years after diagnosis. Untreated connective tissue disorders can lead to far worse prognosis. Visit our website to learn more about connective tissue disorders and our treatment plans. You can contact us and connect with our therapists and even schedule an appointment.