Rather visit an orthopaedist or rheumatologist?
Many do not know that they shall rather visit an orthopaedist or rheumatologist with certain musculoskeletal pains and problems. Therefore, it is important to clarify that an orthopaedist is primarily dealing with knee and hip wear complaints and leg deformities (e.g. hammertoe), and provides surgical solutions for these.
Rheumatology also deals with musculoskeletal disorders, it is a professional border area that is closely related to internal medicine and orthopaedics. Primarily, rheumatologists treat joint disorders and pains, bone diseases (such as osteoporosis) and immunological problems.
Problems arising from sitting, sedentary lifestyles can occur at an early age, and with the increasing use of computers and smart devices, the number of young complainants is increasing.
What can we do for the health of our bones and joints?
- It is important to eat properly, eat foods that contain adequate amounts of vitamin D and calcium. The combination of these two is important because vitamin D helps the incorporation of the calcium into the bones. In addition to milk and dairy products, fishes contain a lot of calcium, especially sardines and salmon. Poppy seed, nuts, almonds, some vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, beetroot are also good source. There is a lot of vitamin D in eggs, milk, dairy products, liver, fish oil. As a result of sun exposure it is also produced in our skin: for this, we need to stay in the sun for at least 15-20 minutes a day.
- Walking outdoors and exercising is important for promoting the aforementioned vitamin D formation, because this vitamin is produced in the body under sunlight.
- Exercise regularly but do not overdo it! It is unique for everyone what is the best exercise for him/her, it is obvious that a different type of sport with different intensity is for an overweight 50 year old man than for a 30 year old woman with a thin body. Don’t fall for the currently fashionable forms of movement circulating on the internet, rather ask a specialist. The exercising reduces the chances of osteoporosis and makes you feel well.
One of the most common problems with which rheumatologists treat their patients is osteoporosis. For women, after having no menstruation, it is important to have regular bone density measurements. Generally speaking, we should also pay more attention to the condition of our bones in case of bowel diseases, absorption problems and diabetes.
Few people know, but family inheritance also plays an important role in the development of musculoskeletal problems, so care should be taken to prevent it. Over 40 years of age it is advisable to go for a musculoskeletal screening test, where each patient receives personalized advice on lifestyle. Experienced and trained rheumatologist colleagues are waiting for our patients at Swiss Premium Medical Centers. Book an appointment on +36 1 225 0566.
In May, we offer a 20% discount on the price of the first rheumatology examination done by Edit Alföldi MD, which is available for 18 000 HUF.
Author: Edit Alföldi MD