Dr. Sachin Katarkar
Dr. Sachin Katarkar is a rheumatologist in Mumbai and Thane area.
He has post-graduated in internal medicine from Govt medical college , MS university Baroda, Gujrat. He has undergone further studies (PGP) in Rheumatology from JHU, Baltimore. Presently practicing as a Rheumatologist in Horizon Hospital in Thane, Om polyclinic in Mulund and Spandan Clinic in Airoli. He has been affliated to Fortis hospital, mulund (West).
Arthritis treatment is provided by a rheumatologists . Patients with arthritis meaning joint pain and swelling . Patient can suffer from single to multiple joint pain involving small joints of hands and feet , wrist , knee, shoulder, hip , ankle or back spine .
Rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, sjogren syndrome, dermatomyositis and systemic sclerosis are some common diseases treated by rheumatologists.
Some patients develop lower back pain, uveitis (eye problem), pain in heels, ankle pain and swelling and skin problems like psoriasis with joint pain.
Rheumatic diseases can affect lungs, skin and kidneys apart from joints. Arthritis treatment is done by using various medicines commonly called DMARDS. Most of these medicines give good results when taken under guidance of a rheumatologist. Frequent blood monitoring is required with some of these medicines.
Newer drugs called biologic therapy are now being used in advanced cases of arthritis. Patients need physiotherapy (like knee exercises) along with medications. Diet in arthritis should be balanced and discussed with the rheumatologist.
Patients of arthritis can be treated without surgery, if medical treatment is started early. In advanced cases, however, surgeries like knee replacement or hip replacement might be required.