Reviewed by Dr. Fischer

Early recognition of scleroderma is essential because this will subsequently allow for early treatment. It is important to recognize that there is no cure for scleroderma. In addition, because it is a chronic disease, people often require medical therapy for many years to keep scleroderma under control.

Goals of therapy vary for each person because the various organs involved in a given person with scleroderma guide treatment. There are a number of effective organ-specific treatments available for people with scleroderma. Combinations of anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressing medicines are often needed. These manage the underlying problems with the immune system. Various other medications are often needed to control the skin and internal organ problems associated with this disease. In particular, chemotherapy may be required to control underlying lung problems.

In addition to medication therapy, many people benefit from physical therapy and rehabilitation. Under the guidance of rehabilitation therapists, people with scleroderma often learn how to appropriately rest, exercise, strengthen, and maintain joint and muscle function.

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