There is no cure for scleroderma, so treatment is aimed at easing symptoms and improving quality of life. Mercy’s rheumatologists may prescribe medications to relieve symptoms such as acid reflux, pain or infections. Physical or occupational therapies may be recommended to manage pain and maintain strength and mobility. In very severe cases, surgery, such as a lung transplant, may be necessary to treat internal organs that have been affected by scleroderma.
Mercy’s experienced rheumatologists will help patients determine the best course of treatment based on their particular condition.