Autoimmune Specialist

Meeting Point -  - Integrative Medicine

Meeting Point

Integrative Medicine located in Philadelphia, PA

Autoimmune conditions are often hard to recognize. They cause generic symptoms that tend to come and go before becoming severe enough to raise red flags. At Meeting Point in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Steve Matta, DO, MBA, CAQSM, and Mary Anne Matta, MS, MA, LAC, have extensive experience targeting the source of your symptoms and treating your autoimmune condition by integrating conventional, complementary, regenerative, and functional medicine therapies. If you have persistent but generic symptoms like those listed below, call the Meeting Point office for more information, or schedule a consultation by requesting an appointment online today.

Autoimmune Q & A

What causes an autoimmune condition?

Your immune system normally supports your health by identifying and eliminating germs, viruses, and other substances that can make you sick.

An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system glitches and identifies part of your own body as a danger to your health. Then your immune system attacks the targeted tissues, causing damage and inflammation.

Am I at risk for autoimmune conditions?

Though men also get autoimmune conditions, women have a much higher risk, accounting for 78% of patients. Your risk also increases if you have a family history of autoimmune diseases. 

You may not recognize a genetic tendency, however, because several people in the same family can each have a different autoimmune disease. 

In addition, exposure to environmental toxins can trigger an autoimmune response. When searching for the root cause with appropriate testing, toxicity is often present in autoimmune cases. 

What symptoms develop due to autoimmune conditions?

As a group, autoimmune conditions cause general symptoms such as fatigue, muscle aches, and joint pain. Many patients also develop skin rashes, digestive problems, and insomnia. For these patients, conventional medicine typically has few answers for them. Many are frustrated and disappointed after having seen multiple doctors and specialists. 

Many autoimmune conditions also have their own unique symptoms. For example, Sjӧgren’s syndrome causes a dry mouth and dry eyes.

For these patients, conventional medicine typically has few answers for them. Many are frustrated and disappointed after having seen multiple doctors and specialists. 

What are the most common autoimmune disorders?

Autoimmune disorders can affect one or multiple body areas, including your muscles, joints, skin, blood vessels, lungs, kidney, liver, and digestive tract.

The most common autoimmune disorders include:

  • Lupus
  • Psoriasis
  • Thyroid Disease such as Hashimotos 
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Celiac Disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Sjӧgren’s Syndrome

If you have one autoimmune disorder, you have a higher chance of developing another one.

How are autoimmune conditions treated?

The team at Meeting Point begins by thoroughly reviewing your health story including medical history, diet, stressors, emotional health, and completing a physical exam. We then run any necessary labs needed to accurately identify the root cause of your autoimmune problem. 

Your provider creates a personalized treatment plan that combines different therapies. This list gives you just a few examples of treatments that help relieve your pain, strengthen your immune system, and treat your condition:

  • IV Therapy nutrition
  • Integrative Nutrition 
  • Prescription Herbs
  • Medical Acupuncture 
  • Compounded Prescriptions
  • Ozone Therapy
  • Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy
  • Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine Injection Therapy encompasses many possible treatments, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), stem cells, Prolotherapy, exosomes, peptides, and vitamins.

If you have chronic symptoms and you have been to multiple specialists without any relief, call Meeting Point or request an appointment online today. We would love to work with you!

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