Frequently Aasked Questions
Ans. Rheumatologist is a qualified physician, with an additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions.
Ans. Arthritis means inflammation (pain, swelling) of the joint.
Ans. Arthritis patients will experience the following symptoms: pain and swelling of one or more joints, feel stiffness in the joints – more in the morning, redness and warmth of the affected joints, recurring pain and tenderness in the joints.
Ans. No, it is a misconception. Arthritis can affect any age group. But osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis) is an exception, affects old people.
Ans. Yes, arthritis generally is more common in women than men. Rheumatoid arthritis is 3 times more common in women.
Ans. It is a wear and tear arthritis affecting mainly weight bearing joints ( e g Knee) seen in old people.
Ans. Obesity, repetitive kneeling, bending and squatting increases the risk of osteoarthritis.
Ans. No special diet is required for arthritis patients except Gout where low purine diet and limiting the alcohol are important.
Ans. Yes, it helps to reduce the pain and stiffness in the joints. Exercise also helps in increasing the flexibility, range of movement and strengthening the muscles around the joint.
Ans. It is simple. All medically related joint disorders are dealt by a Rheumatologist. When the joints are badly damaged or when there are fractures, then you need to consult an orthopedic surgeon.
Ans. Rheumatologists are specially trained to deal with different arthritic conditions, autoimmune disorders, metabolic bone diseases and soft tissue rheumatic conditions.
NSAIDs(Brufen type), Methotrexate, Hydroxychloroquine, Sulafasalazine, Leflunomide, Cyclophosphamide, Azathioprine, Cyclosporine, Steroids, Allopurinol, Colchicine.
Ans. A Rheumatologist helps in –
1.)Making the correct diagnosis
2.)In treating the condition
3.)In recognizing the complications at an early stage
4.)In preventing further damage (Ex. joint deformities and contractures)
Ultimately, helps in improving the quality of life.
Eat a healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, reduce exposure to stressful situations.
Live the happiest, healthiest lifestyle possible.
Do – Walking, reduce weight, knee exercises,
Donot – cross sitting, squatting, prolong standing
If you are diagnosed with arthritis, you may think little can be done. However, thanks to many recent developments, new drugs and treatments, surgeries and exercise programs are available to help you continue living a full and productive life. In addition to these options that your physician can help facilitate, patients can also do a lot to manage their arthritis. Weight loss is a big proponent, as a lighter load will lessen the pressure on joints. Exercise and a healthy diet that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil can also help control symptoms
In certain type of arthritis, some so called pain killer works as disease modify medicines. These medicines may works as a painkiller for general public, but for certain type of arthritis, act to stop progression of disease.
Remember one medicine may work in different diseases and for one disease there might be many medicines which can work.
But like in diabetes or blood pressure there are many good medicines for arthritis, your doctor will decide that which are best for you and in what combination.