Chronic diseases are medical conditions that persist for at least a year, necessitating continuous medical attention or restricting everyday activities. Heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the primary causes of death and disability in the United States. Our Houston or Sugar Land, Texas team provides all-inclusive care to alleviate pain and encourage recovery. You can schedule an in-person appointment or request a virtual consultation with us today.
Musculoskeletal disorders account for many causes of back, knee, hip, and shoulder pain, so it’s no wonder they’re the top cause of chronic pain, limited mobility, and disability. But you can stay active and healthy with early treatment from Nneka Edokpayi, MD, and the team at Rapha Health and Wellness. They offer comprehensive care that eases your pain, promotes healing, and helps you overcome your musculoskeletal condition. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Houston or Sugar Land, Texas, or use the online booking feature to request an in-person or virtual appointment today.
Musculoskeletal disorders include any injury or disease affecting your bones, muscles, and joints and their supporting structures, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Since the musculoskeletal system is responsible for structural support and movement, any problem you develop can significantly affect your ability to function. The top causes of musculoskeletal disorders include:
● Degenerative disease● Falls● Sports injuries● Overuse injuries● Playground accidents● Car accidents
You can also injure your musculoskeletal system due to prolonged inactivity, poor technique during athletic activities, and poor posture.
Sprains, strains, and fractures top the list of musculoskeletal injuries. A few of the most common include:
● Sprained ankles● Knee injuries● Rotator cuff injuries● Tendon and ligament tears● Herniated discs● Neuropathy
You can also develop many musculoskeletal diseases, with the most common being:
● Osteoarthritis● Rheumatoid arthritis● Osteoporosis● Fibromyalgia● Tendonitis
Musculoskeletal disorders often involve the nearby blood vessels and nerves, causing additional symptoms and complications.
Musculoskeletal disorders cause symptoms such as:
● Muscle weakness
● Joint instability
● Tingling, burning, or numbness
● Limited movement
In most musculoskeletal conditions, your symptoms are localized, affecting only the injured or diseased area. But there are some exceptions. For example, fibromyalgia causes muscle and joint pain throughout your body. If you have a damaged nerve, you can feel pain, tingling, and numbness along the nerve. This usually happens when a pinched spinal nerve sends pain down your arms or legs.
The team at Rapha Health and Wellness begins with a thorough physical exam and orders diagnostic tests like ultrasound, CT scans, and X-rays when needed to evaluate your bones and soft tissues. After determining the cause of your symptoms, they create an individualized treatment plan that may include any of the following:
● Rest or immobilization● Changing your activities● Physical therapy● Pain management● Anti-inflammatory medications● Muscle relaxants● Knee injections● Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) joint injections
To make PRP treatments, your provider draws a sample of your blood and processes it in a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the platelets and plasma from other blood cells. Your provider injects the platelets and plasma (PRP) into your joint. The platelets release proteins that naturally accelerate healing, reduce inflammation, and promote new cell growth. If you struggle with musculoskeletal pain, call Rapha Health and Wellness or book an appointment online today.
Joint pain and stiffness could be signs of Arthritis, which can worsen over time if not treated. We offer comprehensive care to ease pain and promote healing. Schedule an appointment with our Houston or Sugar Land, Texas team, or request a virtual appointment today.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 million Americans have diabetes and nearly 85 million more have prediabetes. In Houston and Sugar Land, Texas, Nneka Edokpayi, MD, of Rapha Health and Wellness offers comprehensive testing and individualized treatments for adults with diabetes. Call to book an appointment or use the online scheduling feature.
Your body uses glucose, or blood sugar, as a source of energy. To keep your blood sugar levels stable, your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin. When you eat something that turns to sugar in your body, insulin shuttles excess sugar out of your bloodstream. If your body fails to respond to insulin, make enough of it, or produce it at all, blood sugar levels surge and can lead to diabetes.
Diabetes has some telltale symptoms, such as:
● Frequent urination
● Excessive thirst and hunger
● Blurred vision
● Numbness in your toes, feet, fingers, or hands
● Extreme fatigue
You may also notice that you’re prone to fall ill frequently, or you can’t clear an infection. These, too, are signs of diabetes.
Depending on whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, the causes vary. Type 1 is genetic while the causes of Type 2 are largely associated with lifestyle factors, such as:
● Excess weight
● Lack of exercise or activity
● Poor diet
Other factors like age, race, genetics, and certain medical conditions increase your risk as well.
When the liver, fat, and muscle cells can’t properly sweep away extra sugar in your blood, you develop insulin resistance. Your pancreas makes more and more insulin to meet the need, but eventually can’t keep up with the constant demand. In addition to an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, insulin resistance can be triggered by polycystic ovary syndrome, certain medications, hypertension, hormonal disorders, or sleep apnea.
In addition to lifestyle counseling and nutritional coaching, Dr. Edokpayi works with you to minimize your risk factors and help reverse and manage your diabetes with:
● Exercise● Customized diet● Stress-management programs● Smoking cessation● Insulin pumps or injections● Oral medications
Your team at Rapha Health and Wellness consistently monitors your blood sugar to help you stay proactive and head off any problems before they progress. For a health partner who cares about your diabetes and helps you manage all aspects of it, call to book a consultation or use the online scheduler.
Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. It means the force of your blood coursing through your veins is constantly too much. Over time, this intense pressure creates complications and increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Read our blog about Hypertension.
A simple blood pressure test at Dr. Edokpayi’s office tells you if you have high blood pressure. You receive your reading as one number over the other. The first number is the systolic and measures the pressure of your arteries when they contract. The second number is diastolic and assesses the artery pressure between each heartbeat. Blood pressure guidelines are:
● Normal: less than 120/80● Elevated: 120-129/less than 80● Stage 1: 130-139 or 80-89● Stage 2: 140 or more/90 or more● Hypertension Crisis: 180 or more/120 or more
If your blood pressure readings are high, Dr. Edokpayi intervenes to help you bring the numbers into safe levels.
Learn about the top warning signs of hypertension in our blog.
The constant excess pressure on your blood vessels can lead to a number of detrimental health problems, including:
● Heart attack
● Kidney disorders
● Vision loss
● Cognitive difficulties
Additionally, men and women with hypertension frequently suffer from sexual disorders like erectile dysfunction or low libido.
An underlying condition may be the culprit for your hypertension. Dr. Edokpayi is relentless in her pursuit of root causes and focuses her practice on treating you holistically, not just your symptoms. Some common causes she’s discovered include:
● Thyroid problems
● Sleep apnea
● Poor diet
● Kidney disorders
● Tobacco use
Aging and family history also play a role in hypertension.
Dr. Edokpayi works with you to build a lifestyle plan to help you manage your high blood pressure with as few prescriptions as possible. Regular exercise and a healthy diet go a long way to lower your blood pressure, so she includes these in everyone’s plan. Depending on your unique needs, your treatment options may also include:
● Alpha blockers● Beta blockers● Diuretics● ACE inhibitors● Receptor blockers
Dr. Edokpayi works with you to get control of your high blood pressure. She comes to your home or meets with you in one of the Rapha Health and Wellness offices. Call to schedule or book online.
High cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease and other complications, but there’s help available to safeguard your health. For comprehensive cholesterol management, see Nneka Edokpayi, MD, at one of her Rapha Health and Wellness offices in Houston or Sugar Land, Texas. Book your consultation by phone, ask for a home visit, or use the easy online scheduler.
Your liver naturally produces a waxy substance called cholesterol that your body needs to generate new cells. Certain foods like eggs and cheese have cholesterol, too, so you can get it through your diet as well. While it’s necessary to have some cholesterol, too much makes you susceptible to cardiovascular disease.
Cholesterol attaches to protein as it travels through your bloodstream. Together, the protein and cholesterol are called lipoproteins. Depending on its characteristics, a lipoprotein can be:
● LDL, or low-density lipoprotein: also called bad cholesterol, transports cholesterol through your body and sticks to vessel walls● HDL, or high-density lipoprotein: also called good cholesterol because it recycles sweeps away excess cholesterol and returns it to your liver.
Exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a healthy diet help you influence your good cholesterol.
If you have high cholesterol, fat can accumulate in your blood vessels. Over time, the fat builds up and makes it difficult or impossible for blood to flow easily. Pieces of the fatty deposits can detach from the walls of your veins and form deadly blood clots that trigger a heart attack or stroke.
Research shows that there are several key factors that put you at higher risk for high cholesterol:
● Family history
● Lack of exercise
● Poor diet
Unfortunately, high cholesterol has no symptoms. It’s important to get regular checkups with Dr. Edokpayi, so she can run blood tests and monitor your cholesterol levels. This is something she and her team do as a matter of course with each patient.
Dr. Edokpayi customizes a treatment plan according to the cause of your high cholesterol. If you’ve inherited the problem, she’ll likely treat you with medication. If, however, your high cholesterol is associated with lifestyle factors, she writes a plan to help you adjust your diet, exercise more, lower your stress levels, and get more sleep. She keeps a close watch on your cholesterol levels as you work through the treatment program and adjusts the plan when necessary. For your cholesterol screening, call Rapha Health and Wellness or go online today.
Learn more about your cholesterol by reading our blog.
You might have asthma if you struggle with breathing, coughing, or wheezing. This condition can be managed with proper care but can also lead to life-threatening attacks. At Rapha Health and Wellness, we provide comprehensive care for asthma patients in person and virtually. If you're in Houston or Sugar Land, schedule a visit with us today.
The most common type of heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease (CAD), which affects the blood flow to the heart. Decreased blood flow can cause a heart attack. Sometimes heart disease may be "silent" and not diagnosed until a person experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, or an arrhythmia. Rapha Health and Wellness offers comprehensive in-person and virtual care if you suspect or have this disease. You can easily schedule an appointment online at our Houston or Sugar Land office.
If you are having trouble breathing or experiencing obstructed airflow, it could be a COPD symptom, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Fortunately, there are treatments available. Rapha Health and Wellness provides extensive care for COPD patients, and you can book an appointment in person or online at our Houston or Sugar Land office.