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Arif Shahzad, MD


ACHYJOINT Rheumatology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory arthritis, systemic autoimmune disorders, and musculoskeletal conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and lupus. Our Board-certified rheumatologist is committed to delivering cutting-edge medicine to our community. We are keenly aware of the needs of our patients, and strive to deliver compassionate care throughout our patients' journey, from their disease onset to remission.

Our team includes Dr. Arif Shahzad, board-certified and fellowship trained rheumatologist. Dr. Shahzad's mission is to utilize a holistic approach while implementing evidence based medicine towards acheiving the goal of remission, improved function, and pain free state.

Dr. Shahzad is accepting new patient's. At your first visit, please bring a list of symptoms you are experiencing, recent blood work, xray reports, and current medication list.

My ANA Test Is Positive; What Does This Mean?

The ANA test is often used as a screening test for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, and scleroderma. However, a positive ANA test alone does not necessarily mean that you have an autoimmune disease. Many healthy individuals have low levels of ANA in their blood, and a positive ANA test may also be caused by medications, infections, or other non-autoimmune conditions.

If your ANA test is positive and you have symptoms that suggest an autoimmune disease, your doctor may order additional tests to help confirm the diagnosis. Your doctor may also perform a physical exam, review your medical history, and ask about any symptoms you may be experiencing, such as joint pain, fatigue, or skin rash.

The interpretation of a positive ANA test can be complex and requires clinical expertise. Therefore, it is important to discuss your ANA test results with your doctor.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that primarily affects the joints. In RA, the body's immune system attacks the synovial lining of the joints, causing inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Over time, this inflammation can lead to joint damage and deformity.

The symptoms of RA can vary from person to person, but often include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and warmth, particularly in the hands, wrists, and feet. Other symptoms may include fatigue, fever, weight loss, and a general feeling of being unwell.

Treatment for RA may involve medications to reduce inflammation and pain, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, and biologic agents. Physical therapy, exercise, and assistive devices may also be recommended to help manage symptoms and maintain joint function. With early and effective treatment, many people with RA can lead active and productive lives.