Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Specialised Clinic In Arthritis



















What is the Rheumatology ?

The Musculoskeletal disorder is (Rheumatology)

1.Difficulty in walking or setting.

2.Muscle pains and morning stiffness restricted joint movements

3.Neck pain or stiffness

4.Blow back pain ,Spinal pain aching limbs and bone pains ,Osteoporosis .

5.Ankle pain, Hip pain, Wrist pain, Joints pain,Sweiiling,Redness and Warmth .

6.Decrease in appetite , weight loss fatigue low-grade fever .

Common rheumatic diseases
OSTEOARTHRITIS
is one of the most common types of arthritis. It affects the cartilage, which cushions the ends of the bones. Gradually the cartilage thins and may even break down, leaving the ends of the bone unprotected. Osteoarthritis occurs most commonly in the fingers and weight bearing joints, including the knees, feet, hips and back.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
is a disease that causes inflammation of the joints, usually in the hands, feet and knees. The exact cause is unknown. The resulting inflammation leads to swelling, pain and stiffness in multiple joints simultaneously. In the long term if this is left untreated it can lead to damage and deformity of the joint.


OSTEOPOROSIS
is a common disease in which bones become thin and can break more easily.To prevent osteoporosis and improve the strength of your bones it is important to make sure you get enough calcium and Vitamin D. It is also important to do regular weight bearing exercise, such as walking.


Rheumatologists
are experts in managing these and other autoimmune and connective tissue diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, inflammatory myositis and vasculitis.


WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I SEE THE RHEUMATOLOGIST


THE DIAGNOSIS

Your rheumatologist is specially trained to do the detective work necessary to discover the cause of your symptoms. He or she will usually ask you to explain the

history of the problem and will undertake a physical examination. Additional investigations such as blood tests, X-rays and scans may also be needed.

INFORMATION AND ADVICE

Once a diagnosis is made, your rheumatologist will explain the nature of your illness and what you might expect in the future. This is an important step,

particularly for illnesses which might affect you over a long period.

TREATMENT

With an accurate diagnosis and a shared understanding of your illness, you and your rheumatologist can work together to design a treatment program aimed at managing pain, reducing inflammation and ensuring your quality of life.

ONGOING MANAGEMENT

Depending on the nature of your illness, you may need to see your rheumatologist regularly for ongoing management. Alternatively you may be treated by your

general practitioner, with the rheumatologist on hand for specialist advice.


SO HOW WILL MY CONDITION BE TREATED?

As your rheumatologist will explain, there are a number of treatment options available including:

PHYSICAL THERAPY

GENERAL SUPPORTIVE CARE

DRUG TREATMENT AND SURGERY


He or she will select the best treatment combination for you, depending on the exact nature of your illness and your other individual needs.


In treating and managing your illness, your rheumatologist will work closely with your GENERAL PRACTITIONER as well as other skilled professionals to ensure you get the best possible care:

The PHYSIOTHERAPIST is trained in the physical treatment of rheumatic disorders and uses a combination of exercise, special treatment techniques and advice.

The OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST provides advice on how to get on with day-to-day activities such as working, dressing and getting out and about.

The PSYCHOLOGIST OR SOCIAL WORKER offers advice and support to help patients and families cope with the changes that illness might bring.

NURSES, PODIATRISTS AND DIETITIANS may also form part of the team involved in your treatment.

PROCESS…….............................

A Rheumatologist is a specialist physician who has expertise in diagnosing and treating diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Some times the term rheumatic disease is used to describe this group of diseases.

The more common rheumatic diseases include:

JOINT DISEASE

Arthritis

Gout

Spinal problems

Osteoarthritis

MUSCLES & TENDONS

Fibromyalgia

Polymyalgia rheumatica

Tendonitis

BONE DISEASE

Osteoporosis

Paget’s disease

here are also a number of rarer rheumatic conditions which can affect other parts of the body including the skin, hair and internal organs. These include “lupus”, myositis, vasculitis and scleroderma.


WHERE DO I GO FOR MORE INFORMATION ?

Support research into arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders :

This Site provides answers to some of the commonly asked questions.

If you would like further information please speak with your rheumatologist.

If you wish to find a rheumatologist in your local area,

Consult the directory on the web site:

For more general information about arthritis and related diseases contact :


SAI RHEUMATOLOGY CENTRE

# 3-4-526/1/A , BARKATHPURA , HYDERABAD .

Consultation by Appointment

Ph:0091- 92477-78944 , 9392589931
E-mail : rheumatologyinhyd@gmail.com

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