Rheumatology is one of the disciplines of internal medicine that is concerned with the treatment of joints, soft tissues, and heritable connective tissue disorders. A specialist who diagnoses and treats rheumatic diseases is known as a rheumatologist. This science also deals with the treatment of a wide spectrum of conditions including inflammatory disorders affecting muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue disorders affecting ligaments and tendons that can involve the skin and other organs.
Fortis Mumbai - Best Arthritis Hospitals in Mumbai, India
Fortis Hospitals, Mumbai is one of the leading multispecialty tertiary hospitals in the city and has some of the most experienced and well-known specialists as part of the core medical team. The Department of Rheumatology offers a wide spectrum of treatments and diagnoses for multiple autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. The state-of-the-art equipment and advanced technology in tandem with our highly experienced medical team use a collaborative and customized approach to provide multidisciplinary and seamless care to all our patients as per their needs and conditions. Fortis Hospitals, Mumbai has an extremely robust and functional rehabilitation program that provides individualized care that enables patients to get back to their lives without being hindered by their diseases.
Patients require a consultation with a rheumatologist if there exists a chronic joint or musculoskeletal pain that isn’t treatable by short-term treatment options or that does not go away on its own. The team of rheumatologists at Fortis Hospitals, Mumbai has specialized expertise that is required to accurately diagnose and effectively treat all types of autoimmune diseases.
Areas of Rheumatology Care
1. Rheumatoid arthritis treatment
Arthritis commonly refers to inflammation of the joints and is characterized by pain and swelling in multiple joints. Rheumatoid arthritis involves both the small and large joints and symmetrically involves the affected joints. This is a systematic disease that affects the entire body and leads to permanent joint damage and deformities.
Scleroderma is a rheumatic disease that is characterized by the thickening of the skin in one or more areas of the body that is commonly known as localized scleroderma. Thickening of the skin along with complications related to the internal organs is known as systematic sclerosis.
3. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
This is a condition that is characterized by inflammation in the spinal cord that leads to the joining or fusion of the spine. This condition occurs in younger age groups of patients with a higher predilection toward males. Ankylosing spondylitis is more of a hereditary disease and a parent or sibling suffering from the same increases the chance of an individual developing this condition.
4. Dermatomyositis Polymyositis
This is a condition that leads to inflammation in the muscles causing weakness in the affected muscles. One of the most distinguishing traits of this illness is significant muscle weakness in the proximal group of muscles. Women tend to be more affected by this illness.
5. Systematic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
This disease is more commonly known as Lupus and is characterized by a reddish facial rash on the face. Inflammation of the various internal organs of the body such as the brain, kidneys, heart, and lungs is another characteristic of lupus.
6. Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
This is an immune disorder characterized by a hypercoagulable state that is a tendency to develop clots in large arteries and large veins. This results in the patient developing clots in almost any organ of the body.
7. Degenerative arthropathies
8. Inflammatory arthropathies
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
9. Systemic arthritis and connective tissue conditions
Hereditary periodic fever syndrome
Mixed connective tissue disease
Rheumatology Diagnostic facilities
1. Laboratory tests
Our state-of-the-art pathology laboratory is equipped with some of the best and latest equipment for the analysis of blood samples.
2. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
This test measures the speed at which the blood settles at the bottom of a test tube. The faster it settles the higher the sign of inflammation. This is useful in assessing the level of inflammation in the body.
3. C-reactive protein (CRP)
This protein test measures the level of C-reactive protein in the blood. A high CRP test is a sign of acute inflammation that can be caused due to a serious infection, injury, or chronic disease.
4. Rheumatoid factor
This is one of the primary tests to help in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
5. Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptides (anti-CCP)
These levels mark the extent of bone damage caused due to rheumatoid arthritis.
6. Synovial fluid
This fluid is tested to assess the number of proteins, signs of infection, and lack of thickness.
7. Radiology tests
There are multiple services including x-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans to assess the condition of the joints.
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