Are vaccines safe for patients with Rheumatic diseases?
Yes, Not only vaccines are safe, they are strongly recommended for patients suffering from Autoimmune rheumatic diseases. The Immune disorder itself along with the drugs used in rheumatology practice make one susceptible for infections, for the same reason it is recommended to take regular vaccines for both adults and paediatric patients with Rheumatic diseases.
Can patients suffering from Rheumatic diseases plan Pregnancy?
Yes, Like any other normal persons, all patients with Rheumatic disease can lead normal reproductive life if they are under care of a Rheumatologist. However patients with Autoimmune rheumatic diseases should always discuss their pregnancy plans with their Rheumatologist prior planning so that the medications can be optimised before planned pregnancy.
Do Childrens get Rheumatic Diseases?
Yes! Unfortunately children can also suffer from many of the Rheumatic diseases. We have a dedicated Pediatric Rheumatology team to cater the needs of growing childrens and address their special needs.
Are rheumatic diseases genetic?
Many forms of rheumatic diseases including arthritis have a genetic basis. It has been found that autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis are there in patients and their families as they share the same susceptibility genes for their immune systems.
Are rheumatic diseases chronic?
Yes, rheumatic diseases are chronic. Many Rheumatic diseases are lifelong, though there are periods of remission when the patient feels better in absence of symptoms. In some patients, rheumatism may damage the skin, heart, eyes lungs, and blood vessels
Does physiotherapy help in rheumatic diseases/arthritis?
Yes, physiotherapy helps the patient to improve the movement of the joints by removing stiffness. Muscle strengthening and Massage can help reduce pain and improve joint functions for daily activities.
Does the rheumatology department at Aster provide physiotherapy to arthritis patients?
There is a well-equipped physiotherapy unit with a team of excellent physiotherapists for the therapeutic management of joint pain and inflammation to bring comfort to the patient through exercise, IFT, Ultrasound, heat, and massage.
What are the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis causes swelling and stiffness in the joints. Specifically, early morning stiffness of more than 30 min is an early sign of Inflammatory arthritis. Later, if untreated it leads to bone erosion and joint deformity.
Is Rheumatoid arthritis different from osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a very common type of arthritis that is caused by wear and tear of the cartilage that covers and protects the bones at the place of joints whereas, in rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks the healthy joints.
Is Rheumatoid arthritis an autoimmune disorder?
Yes, Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease, like any other autoimmune disease, the immune system attacks healthy cells of the body by mistake causing inflammation and pain.