Rheumatology Treatments

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Our rheumatology doctors excel in a range of upper and lower limb treatments. If you are interested in a particular rheumatology treatment or want advice from an expert you will need to book a consultation with one of our experienced consultants below.

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Our Rheumatology Department

Rheumatology is the study of rheumatism, arthritis, and other disorders of the joints, muscles, and ligaments. Rheumatologists deal mainly with clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculitis, and heritable connective tissue disorders.

The rheumatology department at Zulekha Hospital aims for early diagnosis and management of various types of arthritis to avoid any long-term complications causing significant damage to joints and other organs of the body.

Make an appointment to see a specialist rheumatologist at your earliest convenience. Early diagnosis can result in starting treatment at an early stage preventing long term dysfunction of joints and bones. Remember, there is a possibility that arthritis can spread beyond your joints involving lungs, kidneys, and skin if not diagnosed in time.

Rheumatology Symptoms

Expert Diagnosis & Treatment

We have state of the art facilities that can diagnose the rheumatology conditions at an early stage with the help of laboratory tests, as well as x-rays and ultrasound.

We can start treatment at an early stage which would help in reducing the long-term complications. The team at Zulekha Hospitals initiate and monitor latest drugs approved for these conditions (called biologics), we also offer joint and soft tissue injections where needed.

If you suffer from any of the following symptoms we can help:

  • Joint Pain
  • Joint Inflammation
  • Back Pain
  • Back Stiffness
  • Joint Pains Associated With Skin Rash (e.g. Psoriasis, rash appearing in sunlight, sunburns)
  • Blue Or White Discoloration Of Fingers
  • Ulcers On Tips Of Fingers
  • Bone Pain
  • Brittle Bones
  • Recurrent Fractures Of Bones Or Spine Due To Trivial Injury
  • Muscular Stiffness And Pain
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Gout (Arthritis due to high uric acid)
  • Osteoarthritis (Arthritis due to increasing age)

Our Rheumatology Specialists

Dr. Adnan Abdulwahid


MBChB, M Sc (Rheumatology)

Dr. Chetan Prakash

Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon

MBBS, D-Ortho, DNB (Ortho)

Dr. Rahul Shivadey

Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon

MS (Ortho), Fellowship in Arthroscopy and Joint Replacement

Dr. Tariq Aslam

Consultant Rheumatologist

MBBS, MRCP (UK), MRCP Rheumatology (UK), CCT Rheumatology (UK)

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

presenting the Dubai Quality Award to

Dr. Zulekha Daud,

Founder and Chairperson

Ms. Zanubia Shams,

Co-chairperson of Zulekha Healthcare Group.

Zulekha Hospitals is proud to receive

the Patient Satisfaction Award

Recognition is for companies receiving
an excellent satisfaction rating.

Zulekha Hospital honored with Dubai Chamber CSR Label 2016

The prestigious Dubai Chamber CSR Label was presented to Dr. Zulekha Daud, Founder and Chairperson, Zulekha Healthcare Group for the fourth consecutive year recognizing our commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

The European Accreditation Council for
Bariatric Surgery, has awarded:

Zulekha Hospital

With the Centre of Excellence for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery accreditation.

Our Hospitals

Zulekha Hospital Dubai

Zulekha Hospital Dubai is a 79 bed hospital established in 2004 which offers both inpatient and outpatient care covering a wide range of medical and surgical specialties from some of the UAE’s finest surgeons.

204 Rd, Al Qusais Industrial Area, Dubai, U.A.E.

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Zulekha Hospital Sharjah

Zulekha Hospital Sharjah is a full-fledged, multi-disciplinary hospital with Out-patient and In-patient facilities. What started off as a 30 bed set up in 1992, today boasts of 150 in-patient beds, sprawled over an area of 240,000 square ft.

Al Zahra Street, Sharjah, U.A.E.

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Your Questions

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a very non-specific term but commonly points towards joint pains. There are, in fact, various types of arthritis and related conditions which can result in joint pains. In medical terms any inflammation of the joint is referred to as arthritis. It can affect any joint and may or may not be related to any other medical condition. In some cases arthritis can affect other systems of the body so a careful look at your medical history is required.

Who is at risk for arthritis?

There are certain types of arthritis which runs in the family and are present in our genes like rheumatoid arthritis. Some arthritis are related to increased body weight (obesity) e.g. osteoarthritis. Some have connection with diet, like gout (high purine diet, alcohol).

Some professions which require repetitive bending and manual lifting predispose to joint injury and ultimately joints develop damage leading to arthritis. Sports injuries predispose to arthritis.
Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to joint pains and muscle pains, however, in some types we still cannot find any risk factor or cause.

What causes arthritis?

As mentioned above weight, diet, alcohol, low vitamin D, family history and psoriasis.

Medical conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, underlying infection. Sports injuries or other injuries to joints and spine.

Sometimes vitamin D deficiency can cause joint pains.

What are the most common types of arthritis?

Broadly speaking we divide it into two main types

1. Mechanical type: osteoarthritis. chronic back pain, postural related pains in neck, back and shoulders.
2. Inflammatory arthritis or auto immune arthritis associated with joint inflammation and early morning stiffness.
3. Crystal arthritis like gout (presence of uric acid crystals in joints) or pseudogout (presence of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in the joints)

Most common symptoms of arthritis

Joint pain, joint stiffness, swelling of the joints, back pain, back stiffness, any change in the shape of the joint. Night time pain in any joint or back.

Prevention of arthritis

Address the risk factors like weight, choosing healthy life style, drinking alcohol within recommended limits. Consume a diet rich in Vitamin D, and, very importantly, seek rheumatology advice as soon as symptoms appear.

Diagnosis of arthritis

It requires consultation with rheumatologist who can take a careful medical history, perform joint and systemic examination. They will request necessary blood tests, x-rays of joints and antibody tests. In some borderline cases an ultrasound scan of joints can be performed as well as MRI scan to diagnose arthritis at a very early stage.

Treatment for arthritis

This largely depends on diagnosis:

Mechanical Arthritis: pain killers, physiotherapy and healthy lifestyle, dietary advice

Inflammatory arthritis: pain killers and disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs .

Crystal: avoiding uric acid rich diet (red meat, alcohol)

Treatment for arthritis pain

Pain killers, physiotherapy, keeping healthy life style, and using specific medications for arthritis like DMARDs (disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) which suppress inflammation and help with pain.

Is exercise recommended?

Yes it helps in maintaining the function of joints as well as muscle strength. The patients may feel more pain in the beginning but should continue exercises as per their doctor or physiotherapist advice. This pain usually settles when muscles accustom to this new routine of physical exertion.

Are arthritis patient at increased risk of infection?

Arthritis patient are usually at relatively increased risk of infection specifically those who take immunosuppressant drugs and those who require joint injections. Any damage in the joints as a result of chronic inflammation can predispose the joint to infection so early diagnosis and optimum treatment is very important to prevent infections in the joints.

What conditions do we treat in rheumatology?

Rheumatology deals with

1. Various types of arthritis of joints and spine:
Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, pseudogout, chronic back pain, ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis due to inflammatory bowel disease, and patients suffering from skin psoriasis.

2. Brittle bone disease i.e. Osteoporosis (which results in fractures of bones and spine with trivial injury) so if you experience a fracture at young or old age by minor injury, you should be seen by a rheumatologist to perform further tests and bone density scan to find out if your bones are brittle. If treatment is started in time, it can save you from any future fractures of large joints like hips and vertebral fractures which can cause significant disability in your daily life.

3. Connective tissue diseases like SLE (Lupus), Scleroderma, systemic sclerosis, vasculitis, myositis,

4. All types of vasculitis like Wegener’s granulomatosis, Henoch-Schönlein purpura, giant cell arteritis and polyarteritis nodosa.

5. Vitamin D deficiency.

What is difference between a rheumatology and an orthopaedic surgeon?

Rheumatologists are physicians whereas orthopaedics are a surgical team. Joint disorders like arthritis, bone disorders, and muscular problems are assessed, diagnosed and treated medically hence these patients need to be seen and well managed by rheumatologist. An orthopaedic surgeon offers surgical treatment e.g. they deal with management of fractures and surgery of any joint which is at a stage where medical treatment cannot be offered or no longer going to be effective. Usually joint pains associated with injury are seen by orthopaedic team first.

What are the warning symptoms that patient should see rheumatologist
  • Pain involving single or many joints.
  • New joint pain not associated with any injury.
  • Joint or musculoskeletal pain associated with morning stiffness, fever, fatigue, rash or chest pain.
  • Back pain and back stiffness with or without involvement of any joint pain.
  • Joint pain in patients with psoriasis or those suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis), or associated with inflammation of eye (iritis, scleritis).
  • Muscular pain with or without any other symptoms (like muscular tenderness and weakness).
  • Blue discoloration of fingers (Raynaud’s) with or without ulcers on finger tips or mouth ulcers.
  • New headaches or muscle aches and are over the age of 50.
  • Back pain with or without pain in legs.
  • Unexplained, ongoing symptoms such as fever, sweats, or weight loss.


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