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A New Rheumatology Clinic is Established by Al Ain Hospital

Al AinA Clinic has been initiated in Al Ain by , owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA) and managed by Vienna Medical University and VAMED. This clinic is specialized in treating rheumatic diseases which are disorders involving joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculitis (a condition in which there is inflammation of the blood vessels, they may be damaged by the inflammatory process) and heritable connective tissue disorders. Mr. George Jepson, CEO of Al Ain Hospital said “The clinic deals with the management of all rheumatology cases including the diagnosis and management of common disorders like early inflammatory arthritis, including early “.

Prof. Gerhard Schwab, Medical Director of Al Ain Hospital explained “The term Rheumatism is generally used to describe any painful disorder affecting the loco-motor system, especially joints, muscles, connective tissues and soft tissues around the joints and bones”. Rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus are some of rheumatologic troubles. Often the term rheumatism is also refers to rheumatic fever affecting heart valves.

Dr Jamal Teir, Consultant Rheumatologist at Al Ain Hospital commented “With the discovery of new disease modifying agents called biologics, which are now commonly used for treatment of patients suffering from chronic and disabling joint disorders, rheumatologists all over the world are now capable of treating most of the chronic rheumatologic disorders with a much better outcome for the patients. Keeping pace with the latest medical trends worldwide, we, at Al Ain Hospital, do provide biologic treatment for patients with persisting active inflammatory arthritis”.

The clinic keeps bringing several advanced instruments used in the treatment of rheumatologic disorders, as Dr. Teir added “We are getting a musculoskeletal ultrasound which helps in early detection of inflammatory arthritis”. Detection and management of including gout and pseudogout are involved in the clinic. Crystal arthritis is the disease of a joint caused by the deposition of crystals in the joint while gout is a medical condition usually characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis–a red, tender, hot, swollen joint caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood which crystallize and are deposited in joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues.

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