Rheumatology is “a branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases.” Rheumatologists are physicians formally trained in the branch of medicine known as rheumatology. The main focuses of rheumatologist expertise include “immune-mediated disorders of the musculoskeletal system, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculitides, and inherited connective tissue disorders.”
Rheumatologist Diagnosis and Treatment
Rheumatologists diagnose, which means they recognize signs and symptoms of medical disease. They also perform medical treatment, which means they manage the care taking of patients to combat disease and help restore health and order to the body.
Rheumatologist diagnosis and treatment is focused on:
- connective tissue conditions
- musculoskeletal conditions
- systemic autoimmune conditions
Rheumatic diseases cause “pain, swelling, and stiffness in joints, muscles, and bones.” An autoimmune disease is a health condition where the body’s immune system attacks the body by mistake, due to the immune system not being able to recognize the difference between foreign cells that should be attacked and your own cells which should not be attacked.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease, which means that your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake, causing inflammation (painful swelling) in the affected parts of the body.”
These types of diseases can cause heightened inflammation in various areas of the body. Those affected commonly notice inflammation around the eyes, or on the skin, in the joints and muscles, and even within internal organs. Rheumatologists are crucial in helping to diagnose and treat these issues.
The top ten most common autoimmune diseases include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis
- Celiac disease
- Graves’ disease
- Diabetes mellitus, type 1
- Rheumatic fever
- Pernicious anemia/atrophic gastritis
- Alopecia areata
- Immune thrombocytopenic purpura
Rheumatologist Academic Research and Scientific Advancement
Rheumatologists also perform leading research in these areas, to further humanity’s understanding of the cause and treatment of these diseases.
Important academic studies that researchers performed in 2021 include:
- Childhood multisystem inflammatory syndrome associated with COVID-19
- Digital Health Transition in Rheumatology: A Qualitative Study
- OMERACT consensus-based operational definition of contextual factors in rheumatology clinical trials: A mixed methods study
- Cumulative Damage in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A Multicenter Study From the Pediatric Rheumatology Arab Group
Wellspire Medical Group and Rheumatology
Wellspire Medical Group treats a wide range of rheumatic disorders and diseases, including:
- rheumatoid arthritis,
- Sjogren’s syndrome,
- mixed connective tissue disease,
- inflammatory muscle diseases (myositis),
- ankylosing spondylitis
- and other spondyloarthropathies.
They also diagnose and treat other musculoskeletal problems, including:
- chronic back pain,
- carpal tunnel syndrome,
- fibromyalgia, and
Wellspire Medical Group is committed to providing the highest level of care for its patients. Diagnosing and treating rheumatologic conditions requires careful attention to detail and thorough history and exams, so communication between patients and staff is fundamental. Their philosophy is: “patient education is key.”
Dr. Humayun Beg, Rheumatologist
Dr. Humayun Beg is a Rheumatologist at Wellspire Medical Group. He has 14 years of experience practicing rheumatology, after completing his medical training at the University of Karachi, residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Michigan, and a 2-year fellowship in Adult Rheumatology at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Beg has over a decade of experience in evaluating and treating complex rheumatological diseases, while leveraging the latest cutting-edge disease-modifying agents called Biologics at his convenient office-based infusion center. He has special interest in treating patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis with the IV and injectable biologics and oral-small molecules. He is also experienced in providing steroid and platelet-rich plasma joint injections. Through Wellspire Medical Group, you can receive corticosteroid joint injections for pain relief, as well as hyaluronic acid injections and trigger point injections.
Dr. Humayun Beg is now accepting new patients. Schedule a consultation today..
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