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Rheumatology

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Rheumatology

Rheumatology department takes care of people with arthritis (painful joints) both in children and adults and other problems caused when the body “attacks itself” - Systemic Autoimmune Diseases. This unique department has facilities for both routine and specialized laboratory investigations required to diagnose and treat all rheumatic conditions. Our orthopedics team provides one of the affordable and highest standards of care for who need arthroscopy and joint replacement surgeries. The physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments make the care for arthritis patients complete. Services like intra articular injections and advanced therapies such as biologic therapies are offered routinely.

Common Rheumatic Diseases :

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis - RA, - mainly pain and swelling in the small joints of hands but can be systemic (problem inside the body with the organs eg lungs, kidneys, eyes, heart)
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) - Lupus is the wolf. This can cause problems with many organs including kidneys, skin, nerves and the heart
  • Scleroderma ( Systemic sclerosis) - Here the collagen is too thick making problems with the skin, lungs and heart etc
  • Polymyositis / Dermatomyositis - Problem with the muscles leading to weakness – myositis, and skin rash– dermato.
  • Sjogren’s syndrome –here the patients get dry eyes and a dry mouth and other problems.
  • Spondyloarthritis -Spondyloarthritis is arthritis of the spine (back bone).The most common of the diseases include:Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
  • Psoriatic arthritis- one third of patients with psoriasis can different types of joint problems.
  • Reactive Arthritis -This is arthritis that an infection will cause. So some weeks after a urinary or diarrhea/dysentery the person will get joint pains. Reiter’s syndrome is one example.
  • Gout - The patient often suddenly get a red, swollen big toe that is very painful due to high uric acid levels. Treatment can help it get better quickly and different treatment can stop the gout from coming back.
  • Vasculitis Diseases - There are many diseases that cause the walls of the blood vessels to be inflamed. White cells move into the wall and can damage the blood vessel. This can block the vessel and/or it can cause pain.
  • Osteoarthritis- Osteoarthritis (OA) is found in older people and is due to “wear and tear” of joints. Joints get damaged as people get older and this causes pain. Medical treatment does not work very well in these diseases – it will not cure them but can help to releive the pain. However a multidisciplinary approach with orthopedics team, physiotherapy and occupational therapy can help them.
  • Osteoporosis - Osteoporosis is another common silent disease that we diagnose and treat. Osteoporosis is thin bones and makes it easier to break bones. Treating this will help improve the quality of life of the patients and also help prevent fractures of the bones.
  • Juvenile arthritis- various types of arthritis of children




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