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Who will take care of you? by Dr. Humeira Badsha

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There could be one or more different kinds of Specialists involved in your care. Sometimes a whole team may be required.

Rheumatologist: is a doctor who specializes in arthritis and bone and joint diseases. He/ she gives medications to control inflammation and pain and monitors the patient closely.

Orthopedic Doctor is someone a patient may see to have major or minor operations or surgeries on their bones and joints. Examples of such surgeries are joint replacements of hips, knees, shoulders; disc or back surgeries; tendon repairs or arthroscopies.

Physiotherapist is someone who relieves pain by several techniques and also guides the patient in the proper exercises which one can and cannot do

Occupational therapist is a specialist who helps a patient adapt their surroundings to fit their disabilities and limitations

Rheumatology nurse counsels patient on medications and helps monitor the patient

General Physician diagnoses, monitors and co-ordinates the care.

Support groups and educational programs: These help the patient understand their disease and get back in control. Often support groups can help those with chronic forms of arthritis. In Dubai and Abu Dhabi such programs are available – please see www.arthritis.ae for more information.

Family and Friends form the backbone for many patients. Do not be afraid to ask for help and rely on those close to you.

This is one of a set of articles by Dr. Humeira Badsha, Specialist Rheumatologist, for patient awareness.

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