Blog Archive

The Difference Between PRP and Stem Cell Therapy Sep 21st, 2020

Stem cells and platelets work together in your body, complementing one another as they heal injuries and diseases. At Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center, under the direction of Dr. Behnam Khaleghi, we have the option of treating you with just one or both types of regenerative medicine therapies, depending on the...

5 Symptoms of Lupus Aug 10th, 2020

Of the 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with lupus, more than 90% are women. Beyond these facts, it’s hard to narrow lupus down to a standard definition. Each person with lupus has their own experience with the disease. Their symptoms can be mild, debilitating, or life-threatening. Lupus symptoms are tremendously varied...

Rheumatology and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jul 15th, 2020

We’re seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, yet we still get up in the morning and read headlines telling us that Orange County set a coronavirus record. One day, the headlines will change as we get a tighter grip on the pandemic. Meanwhile, dealing with such an insidious virus is...

Understanding Autoimmune Disorders Jun 15th, 2020

Somewhere between 15 and 24 million Americans have autoimmune disorders. The exact number is hard to pin down because there are 80-100 different autoimmune diseases. The statistics that are reported depend on which diseases were included in the tally. But there’s one fact that everyone agrees on: Women are more...

4 Tips for Managing Gout May 29th, 2020

Gout is a common inflammatory arthritis that occurs three times more frequently in men than women. While a gout attack is incredibly painful, early treatment often reduces the severity and frequency of future flare-ups. Dr. Behnam Khaleghi and our team at Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center in Orange and Laguna Hills,...

How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight and Offsets Aging Through Cell Renewal Apr 20th, 2020

Intermittent fasting does a great job of helping you lose weight, and weight loss has a positive impact on your health, improving chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.  But that’s not where your health benefits end. Intermittent fasting (IF) also affects the health of your cells and...

Top Vasculitis Warning Signs Mar 9th, 2020

Vasculitis may not be a common health problem, but it can affect anyone at any age. And getting an early diagnosis makes it easier to relieve your symptoms, put the disease in remission, and prevent serious complications. To get early treatment, however, you must first spot the warning signs. We...

Regenerative Medicine 101: Stem Cell Therapy and PRP Therapy Feb 14th, 2020

Regenerative medicine began in the 1950s, when the first bone marrow transplant was performed. Since then, researchers have identified other cells in your body responsible for healing and rebuilding new tissues. Now we have the ability to extract those very cells and use them as treatments to heal and relieve...

6 Tips for Traveling With Arthritis Jan 22nd, 2020

Almost a quarter of all American adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Travelling can be a challenge when stiffness, soreness, and pain set in, but you can still enjoy visiting friends and family or travel for professional reasons. It’s all in how you plan for your trip. At Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center,...

Nonsurgical Ways to Reverse Tendonitis Dec 1st, 2019

Tendonitis is an issue that affects many of the patients we care for at Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center. Many people think that surgery is required to fix the aches and pains they experience from tendonitis. More often than not, however, our Dr. Behnam Khaleghi uses nonsurgical procedures for treating tendonitis...

Myths and Facts About Lupus Nov 1st, 2019

When 1.5 million Americans — and at least 5 million people around the world — suffer from lupus, myths and misinformation are bound to arise. At Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center, we want to give lupus patients the best care possible, so let’s clear up a few common myths to enable...

What Makes Women More Susceptible to Osteoporosis? Oct 4th, 2019

Maybe your grandmother had a dowager’s hump — the hunched upper back that some women develop as they age. Or she broke a hip. Or your mother or your aunt did. While you may be aware of osteoporosis in your family members, you might never have considered that you could...

Scleroderma: Understanding Your Treatment Options Sep 1st, 2019

A rare autoimmune disease, scleroderma involves the hardening of connective tissue throughout your body. Connective tissue holds the different parts of your body together and gives your body structure: Your skin, tendons, and ligaments are all examples of connective tissue.  With an autoimmune disease, your own body works against you....

How PRP Injections Can Help You Recover From a Sports Injury Aug 2nd, 2019

A 2014 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 8.6 million Americans are injured playing sports each year. That’s 34 people out of every 1,000. Out of those injuries, sprains and strains led the pack at 44.1 per 1,000 injuries. Although most injuries don’t require a...

Regenerative Medicine: Why It's a Game-Changer for Those Suffering From Arthritis Jul 1st, 2019

Do you suffer from chronic pain due to arthritis? You aren’t alone. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that by 2040, 78 million US adults (26% of the population) will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. There are many effective treatments, but when physical therapy and medication fail to provide...

How the Myers’ Cocktail Works to Treat Your Chronic Pain Jun 1st, 2019

Pain is meant to be a good thing. It’s your body saying to your brain, “Something’s wrong.” Once the source of the pain goes away — say an injury heals — the pain goes away. Usually. When you have chronic pain, the pain continues long after your injury has healed,...

CBD Oil and Inflammation: Why Some Patients are Saying Goodbye to Ibuprofen May 13th, 2019

Inflammation or swelling is the body's natural way of repairing itself. But this healing process can sometimes cause pain or soreness. Inflammation can also be caused by arthritis and other conditions. Inflammation causes more than physical discomfort, it can also lead to depression or a lack or motivation to get...

How to Help Prevent and Manage Osteoporosis Apr 12th, 2019

You probably know that the lifestyle choices that help you stay energized and active are the same ones that support your overall health. But even if you understand how maintaining healthy habits can help you feel great and reduce your risk of developing a disease like diabetes, cancer, or heart...