Rheumatology at Columbia Asia Hospitals
The Department of Rheumatology at Columbia Asia Hospital provides diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for adults and children with rheumatic and related disorders. Chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, pseudogout and fibromyalgia are some of the diseases commonly treated. Other diseases managed are collagen vascular diseases like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Poly Arteritis Nodosa (PAN) and Sjögren's syndrome.
Rheumatic diseases affect many parts of the body, hence multi-disciplinary care is required and treatment is customized for each patient. The consultants also use different modes of therapy like pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications, chemotherapeutic agents and intra-articular steroids.
The focus is on alleviating pain, improving quality of life and prolonging the life expectancy of patients with chronic rheumatic diseases. The department is supported by physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
Treatments and Procedures
- Treatment and management ofrheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis& spondyloarthropathies
- Treatment for psoriatic arthritis, vasculitis, systemic lupus erythematosus and scleroderma
- Management of gout and pseudogout
- Treatment of polymyositis and polymyalgia rheumatica
- Treatment for fibromyalgia
- Intra-articular injections for all joints
- Use of biological DMARDS