Joint Pain & Scleroderma: Complications and Treatments

Scleroderma and Joints

Scleroderma can affect tendons, joints, nerves, and other structures that affect mobility. The increased production of collagen associated with scleroderma can cause vascular dysfunction. This can contribute to stiffness, warmth, tenderness, and pain in the joints and muscles.

Scleroderma and Joint Symptoms

Development of fibrotic tissue can affect movement. Additionally, scarring and thickening of the skin can cause painful contractures of the fingers, wrists, or other joints, causing them to become “stuck” in a flexed position.

Treatments for Joint Pain and Complications in Scleroderma

Aspirin or other nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory prescriptions can help with muscle pain and stiffness. Simple hand and face exercises may ease specific symptoms and gentle cardiovascular exercise that focuses on your entire body (walking, swimming, yoga) can also help.