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Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology is the medical super-specialty that deals with arthritis, diseases of musculoskeletal system and connective tissue disorders or autoimmune disorders. There are at least 100 different types of arthritis and rheumatism. These include diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, gout, Viral arthritis which affect mainly the joints and connective tissue disorder like systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, sjogren's syndrome, sarcoidosis, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, systemic vasculitis like wegner's granolomatosis, polyarteritis nodosa , takayasu arteritis which affect multiple organs of the body and metabolic bone diseases like osteomalacia, osteoporosis and chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders like chronic pain syndrome, fibromyalgia.
Patient suffering from joint pains with or without swelling in joints or pain over back or neck, with early morning stiffness should see a rheumatologist. Also if a patient is having any of the symptoms like recurrent fever, rash, photosensitivity, recurrent painful oral ulcers, reddish or bluish discoloration of hands on exposure to cold, severe dryness of mouth or eyes, non- healing ulcers with or without joint pains, then also he/she should consult a rheumatologist. Few of these are chronic and disabling types, if not treated early and properly (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis). Some diseases can even be life-threatening (e.g. lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis, vasculitis etc.) if not diagnosed or not treated optimally particularly at the time of onset and periodic flares.
Sakra’s rheumatology department has the following facilities, specialized clinics, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain clinic, Connective, Tissue Disease Clinic, Pediatric Rheumatology clinic
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What is Rheumatology?
Rheumatology is a branch of medicine that focuses on the evaluation and treatment of people with autoimmune conditions that may affect the joints, bones, muscles and other connective tissues. A doctor or physician who treats rheumatoid conditions is called a Rheumatologist.
What are the common signs and symptoms of Rheumatology diseases?
The common signs and symptoms include joint pain, fatigue, joint stiffness, rashes, sun sensitivity, hair loss, blue or white fingers or toes when exposed to cold, back pain, muscle pain, or malaise, lumps or redness in the skin, and may involve other organs like the kidneys, lungs.
What are the common rheumatoid conditions?
Rheumatic diseases are characterized by inflammation that commonly affects the joints. Some of the common rheumatoid conditions are Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Lupus, Spondyloarthropathies, Sjogren's syndrome, Gout, Scleroderma, Vasculitis, Osteoarthritis and Infectious arthritis.
What is Rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that affects the joints of the hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. The reason for RA is still not clear but it may lead to inflammation, early morning stiffness, extreme pain and swelling in your joints. If you have any of the above symptoms, seek medical help from Best Rheumatologist doctor in Bangalore to avail Best Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment at Sakra world hospital.
What should I expect from my first rheumatology visit?
Your rheumatologist will conduct a thorough medical assessment of your joints, from your shoulders to your toes, including heart and lungs. The physical examination is followed by relevant blood tests and a urine test. Imaging tests like X-rays, MRIs or Ultrasounds will be conducted to identify your rheumatoid problem, if required.