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Welcome to the Rheumatology department at Aster CMI Hospital, where a team of highly skilled specialists provides expert care for a wide range of conditions related to arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders, with a strong focus on autoimmune diseases. Our department comprises professionals with extensive experience in managing complex autoimmune conditions, ensuring that patients receive precise diagnosis and personalized treatment plans.

We believe in offering holistic care, covering various aspects of rheumatological conditions. From the diagnosis of well-recognized conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Gout, Osteoarthritis, and Osteoporosis to the management of less common but equally important conditions such as Reactive arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus), Systemic sclerosis, Sjogren's syndrome, Inflammatory myositis, Systemic vasculitis (of various types), Sarcoidosis, Fibromyalgia, and chronic pain, our team is well-prepared to provide comprehensive care.

To achieve accurate and timely diagnoses, we employ cutting-edge diagnostic tools, including specialized laboratory tests that are essential for understanding the complexity of these conditions. Additionally, we utilize advanced imaging modalities such as CT scans, MRI, Ultrasound, and DEXA scanning to gain in-depth insights into our patients' health.

Our treatment philosophy is rooted in scientific research and evidence-based medical practices. We strive to provide patients with the most up-to-date and effective treatment options available. This often involves the use of Disease-Modifying Drugs to treat and prevent the progression of various conditions. In more complex cases, we may utilize newer Biologic drugs such as Infliximab, Etanercept, Rituximab, Tocilizumab and more, with close monitoring to ensure the most favorable outcomes.

The Rheumatology department at Aster CMI Hospital offers a wide range of clinical services, ensuring that patients receive the appropriate care. Our services include outpatient consultations for initial assessments and follow-up care. For individuals requiring more intensive treatment and monitoring, we provide inpatient care. Additionally, our emergency services are readily available to address urgent medical needs. To further enhance our commitment to patient convenience, we offer a Daycare facility for the administration of intravenous medications like biologic drugs and Cyclophosphamide.

In summary, our Rheumatology department is devoted to delivering top-quality care, accurate diagnoses, and evidence-based treatment plans for patients grappling with a broad spectrum of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, with a particular emphasis on autoimmune disorders. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for our patients by providing specialized care and support tailored to their unique needs.

Our Doctors

We have some of the best specialists from around the world, they bring years of experience and offer evidence-based treatment to ensure the best care for you.


Want to find out more about the treatment? The answer to your questions can be found below.

What is arthritis?

The term arthritis is used for any condition that affects joints, causing pain and stiffness in the affected joints

What causes arthritis?

Although the cause for many types of arthritis is not known, it is thought to be due to a combination of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. Smoking, obesity greatly increases the risk of developing various types of arthritis

How is arthritis diagnosed?

Diagnosis is mostly by taking a history from the patient and doing a clinical examination. Certain blood tests help in confirming the diagnosis. X rays and sometimes MRI help in assessing the severity of arthritis

Can arthritis be prevented?

The risk of developing certain types of arthritis can be reduced by avoiding smoking, avoiding being overweight and avoiding injuries. Regular physical activities, eating a healthy diet, avoiding stress are all beneficial

Is there a cure for arthritis? Are lifelong medications the norm?

Although there is no permanent cure for most types, starting treatment early and taking it regularly will put arthritis into remission and patients can lead a normal life. The chances of being able to stop medications eventually would also be high

What advancements or technologies are utilized by Rheumatologists?

Rheumatologists utilize advancements such as biologic therapies for autoimmune diseases, advanced imaging techniques (MRI, ultrasound) for early detection of inflammation and damage, and telemedicine for remote patient monitoring and consultations.

What documents to carry on my first visit to a Rheumatologist?

For your first visit, carry:

  • A referral letter from your primary care physician (if applicable).
  • Comprehensive medical records and any relevant test results or imaging studies.
  • A list of current medications.
  • Your insurance information and a photo ID.
  • Any notes on symptoms, dietary habits, lifestyle, or specific questions you have for the rheumatologist.

How should I prepare for my first visit to a Rheumatologist?

To prepare for your first visit:

  • Gather your medical records and any previous test results, including imaging studies.
  • Make a list of all medications you're currently taking.
  • Prepare a detailed description of your symptoms and how they affect your daily life.
  • Write down any questions or concerns you have.
  • Bring a family member or friend for support, if possible.

How does a Rheumatologist decide on a treatment plan?

A rheumatologist decides on a treatment plan based on a comprehensive evaluation that includes a detailed medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests (such as blood tests and imaging studies). They consider factors like the type and severity of the disease, the patient's lifestyle, and their overall health.

What is the role of a Rheumatologist in a patient's treatment journey?

A rheumatologist plays a crucial role in a patient's treatment journey by diagnosing the condition, developing and managing a treatment plan tailored to the patient's needs, monitoring the disease's progression, and adjusting treatments as necessary. They also provide guidance on managing symptoms and improving quality of life.

What are the types of arthritis?

There are two broad types, namely degenerative and inflammatory arthritis.

Degenerative arthritis, the more common type, is found in people over 45 years of age and occurs due to wear and tear in the joints. Symptoms are limited to the joints involved, in the form of pain on using the joint and relief with rest.

Inflammatory group of arthritis includes rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, etc. Most of these are due to immune dysregulation and affect younger people, usually 25-45years age group.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Pain, stiffness and swelling in joints are the most common symptoms. Symptoms can develop suddenly or gradually over time. Certain autoimmune conditions like lupus, apart from having joint pains as a symptom, can also have skin rashes, mouth ulcers, dry eyes and mouth, Raynaud’s, hair fall etc. Psoriatic arthritis can be associated with skin psoriasis

How is arthritis treated?

The aim of treatment is to control pain, minimize joint damage and improve or maintain physical function. The drugs used to treat a rheumatoid type of arthritis are called disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. Apart from medications, exercise, patient education, and sometimes surgery also play a role.

When should you consult a Rheumatologist?

If you have pain, swelling or stiffness in joints, muscles or spine, lasting more than 6 weeks. If you have symptoms like fever, rashes, weight loss, cough, shortness of breath, red eyes etc along with joint pains. If joint pains are not resolving with simple pain killers and you are having recurrent episodes of pain

Who are Rheumatologists?

Rheumatologists are doctors specialised in treating rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. They see patients with various types of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, inflammatory eye diseases like uveitis, scleritis, sarcoidosis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, fibromyalgia, lupus or SLE, scleroderma, myositis, vasculitis etc

Will a Rheumatologist help manage side effects during treatment?

Yes, a rheumatologist will help manage side effects during treatment. They will monitor your condition and adjust the treatment plan as necessary to minimize side effects and ensure the treatment's effectiveness.

What question should you ask a Rheumatologist?

Questions to ask a rheumatologist might include:

  • What is my diagnosis?
  • What treatment options are available?
  • Are there any side effects of the suggested treatments?
  • How will this condition affect my lifestyle?
  • Should I make any dietary or lifestyle changes?
  • How often will I need follow-up visits?

When should I consider seeing a Rheumatologist?

You should consider seeing a rheumatologist if you experience persistent joint pain, swelling, stiffness, or if you have an autoimmune disease that affects the joints or muscles. Early referral from a primary care physician is also common when such symptoms are present.

What are the most common conditions that Rheumatologists treat?

Rheumatologists treat a wide range of conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoarthritis, gout, scleroderma, and spondyloarthropathies like ankylosing spondylitis.

What does a Rheumatologist do?

A rheumatologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and managing diseases that affect the joints, muscles, and bones, as well as autoimmune diseases. These conditions often involve inflammation, pain, and chronic discomfort.


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