We deal with rheumatic diseases (diseases of the musculoskeletal system) and diseases of the autoimmune system. It includes diagnosis, assessment and management of both inflammatory and non-inflammatory conditions involving the joints, muscles, bones and soft tissues.
There is dearth of rheumatology specalists in Pakistan. We are privileged to provide rheumatology care to people of KPK and Afghanistan. Some of our patients travel from Islamabad, Lahore and Quetta.
Chronic joint symptoms are very common. In fact it is seen in 60% of the people older than age 65. Some of the diseases that we treat are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, osteoarthritis, lupus and related connective tissue diseases, osteoporosis, different types of vasculitis, back pain and fibromyalgia.
The management includes joint and muscle assessment, sometime taking fluid out of joints and injecting them with steroids. Patient education is big part of the treatment plan. It involves educating patient about the disease itself, prevention and dealing with complications and flareups. It also involves knowledge about the different medications involved in the treatment of these diseases.
Early diagnosis can prevent long-term suffering and permanent deformities. We work in collaboration with colleagues from other specalities such as gastroenterology, respirology, cardiology, nephrology and orthopedics and physiotherapy.