What is rheumatic disease?
Rheumatic disease refers to any type of arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders and osteoporosis. There are over 100 conditions that range from common conditions such as osteoarthritis, tendonitis and gout to complex problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Arthritis can affect anyone of any age, including children, though women tend to be affected more than men. Pain can vary from mild to disabling, but all symptoms must be evaluated as they can indicate more serious underlying problems.
What does a rheumatologist do?
Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. Rheumatologists are specially trained to do the detective work necessary to discover the cause of swelling and pain. It is important to determine a correct diagnosis early so that appropriate treatment can begin. Some musculoskeletal disorders respond best to treatment in the early stages of the disease.
The Rheumatology Department at DBAJ
Today, state of the art treatments are available for the majority of the rheumatic conditions.
Cutting edge technology has given us new drugs which can block the interaction of certain proteins with cells, dramatically reducing inflammation and swelling. At DBAJ, we not only use the state of the art techniques and medication to slow down and control disease, but also use a team approach to achieve the best results. Our highly qualified specialists study the medical history of every case in depth to
suggest the ideal treatment
In some cases, surgery can help decrease pain and to stop deformities and increase functionality in joints.
Conditions treated at DBAJ:
We successfully treat, reduce pain, and stabilize the joints for:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Infectious arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Anklyosing arthritis
- Back pain