Department of Rheumatology

Overview-


The Department of Rheumatology at Prathima Hospitals, a subspecialty of Internal Medicine provides exemplary care to patients with Connective Tissue/Auto-Immune disorders, which are commonly referred to as Rheumatism or Joint pains. It provides Outpatient Services, Diagnostic panels, In Hospital Work Up and Treatment, Medication, Physiotherapy and Intra-Articular therapy.

Patients are provided treatment based on the disease condition with escalation to higher and more advanced modalities like Biologic when required and a holistic treatment is given.
The department is also active in the training of aspiring Rheumatologists across the country.

List of Services Offered-

The department is equipped to treat various medical conditions like:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Gout
  • Reactive and Septic Arthritis
  • SLE- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus / Lupus
  • Systemic Sclerosis / Scleroderma
  • Myositis
  • Vasculitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Primary Immunodeficiency Disorders

The type of medication prescribed by the doctor will depend on the severity and duration of rheumatoid arthritis. Few of them are as follows:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs),
  • Steroids,
  • Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs
  • Biological Agents

If medications do not prove useful, surgery could be prescribed to reduce joint pain and improve its function. Some of the procedures involved are:

  • Synovectomy – Performed on knees, elbows, wrists, fingers ad hips, the surgery aims to remove the inflamed lining of the joint.
  • Tendon Repair – This surgery involves the repair of tendons around the joint to avoid loosening or rupturing of the joints, caused by inflammation.
  • Joint Fusion – Focused on stabilizing or re-aligning a joint when a joint replacement is not an option.
  • Total Joint Replacement – This procedure involves the removal of damaged parts of the joint and insertion of prosthesis made of metal and plastic.