Conditions we treat



Best Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in Hyderabad - STAR Hospitals

Our rheumatologists diagnose and attend to rheumatic cases like arthritis, which damage the joints and connective tissue. Rheumatic disease is a rare condition where the immune system of the body mistakenly attacks the body tissue. This ultimately leads to painful swelling in the joints of the body such as elbow joints, finger joints etc., and at times can lead to bone erosion too. We also treat cases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathy (arthritis affecting the spine), and scleroderma. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) conditions treated by us

RA increases your chances of being affected by the following conditions which are also treated by us:

  • Osteoporosis. For some patients the increased use of medication to treat RA can lead to developing osteoporosis, which weakens the bones exposing it to more possibility of fracture.
  • Rheumatoid nodules: These are hard bumps forming around joints like the elbow, heart and lungs.
  • Dry eyes and mouth: Sjogren's syndrome is a side effect of RA which leads to excess dryness of eyes and mouth. 
  • Infections: Usually the strong medication used for RA weakens our immune system, exposing us to infections such as pneumonia, shingles and COVID-19.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: This is a condition where RA affects the area around the wrist. It usually compresses the nerves around the fingers and hands, leaving it severely damaged.
  • Heart problems: RA is one of the causes for blocks in arteries and swollen sacs near the heart. These are life-threatening conditions that need immediate treatment.
  • Lung disease: People affected with RA are exposed to injuries around the lung tissues, which can eventually lead to breathlessness.
  • Lymphoma: RA increases the risk of blood cancers that develop in the lymph system.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

RA is a chronic disease that affects the joints, causing stiffness and swelling around the joints leading to decreased movement. It is usually the small joints around fingers and feet that are majorly affected. RA can also infect the eyes, skin or lungs. You will see the pain aggravate in the mornings which will stay for a couple of hours and in the worst conditions they remain throughout the day. This condition if left untreated can cause severe and irreparable joint damages. So we suggest you to get in touch with our specialists on seeing the below symptoms:

  • Joint pain in the mornings
  • Less energy
  • Tender and swollen joints
  • Stiff joints 
  • Fluctuating temperature
  • Lesser appetite 
  • Hard lumps around elbow, hands, knee and other joints

Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Though there is no permanent cure for RA, we majorly focus on reducing your joint pain and swelling while treating RA conditions in you. This is to bring back mobility and easy bodily function as early as possible. And in the long run we try to channelize our complete treatment into minimizing the damage caused by RA, particularly the damage caused to joints and other organs. You will see a major difference the moment inflammation reduces. 

We follow the below treatments for RA, though based on your condition we may adopt one or more methods of medication. 

  • Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), nonbiologic/biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), corticosteroids and immunosuppressants.  
  • Diet and Nutrition 
  • Physiotherapy and other physical exercise sessions
  •  Counselling
  • Surgery based on the body part damaged by RA

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