At the Department of Internal Medicine at MGM Healthcare, our physicians use their clinical expertise to diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases and health concerns. Our Internists (physicians who specialize in internal medicine) have expertise in identifying and treating a wide range of conditions affecting the heart, lungs, gastro-intestinal system, liver, kidney, urinary tract, brain, spinal cord, nervous system, bones, muscles and joints. They are also trained in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. They bring a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care and work closely with all other specialities at MGM Healthcare to evaluate patients, provide a personalized treatment plan and perform complex procedures.
When do I require screening by an Internist?
If you are suffering from any of the following conditions, consult our Internal Medicine Specialists who will then direct you other specialists if it requires a more collaborative approach to treating your condition.
- Shoulder joint pain
- Ankle pain
- Wrist pain
- Muscle pain
- Radiating arm/leg pain
- Difficulty moving
- Decreased range of movement
- Minor and major injuries caused during an accident, including fractures
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Neck/back pain
- Bone pain
- Swelling (with or without fever)
- Stiffness (especially in the morning)
- Numbness and tingling of the extremities
- Sports injuries
Conditions we treat
Rheumatology is the medical study of diseases that affect the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones and muscles. Among them are many types of arthritis.
A rheumatologist will diagnose your condition, prepare a treatment plan for you that will most likely include medication, exercise, and diet and stress management.
Common Rheumatic Disorders
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
- Psoriatic arthritis (PsA)
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Infectious arthritis
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
- Polymyalgia rheumatica
What Causes Rheumatic Disease?
Most of the above conditions happen when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. It could be hereditary (genetically passed down) or caused by an injury, abnormal metabolic disorder, infection or immune system dysfunction.
If your arthritis requires surgical intervention, your rheumatologist will further refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon.
Infectious diseases are disorders caused by either bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Some infectious diseases might be passed from person to person, while some others might be caused by consuming contaminated food or water or being exposed to organisms in the environment. Many infectious diseases, such as measles and chickenpox, can be prevented by vaccines. Frequent and thorough hand-washing also helps protect you from most infectious diseases.
What are the common symptoms?
Each infectious disease has its own specific signs and symptoms. However, the following are general symptoms that can be seen in most conditions:
- Muscle aches
How are infectious diseases transmitted?How are infectious diseases transmitted?
- Direct contact: An easy way to catch most infectious diseases is by coming in contact with a person who is infected.
- Indirect contact: Disease-causing organisms can also be passed by indirect contact. Many germs can linger on an inanimate object. This is why hand washing is critical.
- Insect bites: Some germs rely on insect carriers — such as mosquitoes, fleas, lice or ticks. Mosquitoes can carry the malaria parasite or dengue virus. Deer ticks may carry the Lyme disease bacteria.
- Food contamination: Disease-causing germs can also infect you through contaminated food and water. Escherichia coli (E. coli), for example, is a bacterium present in or on certain foods — such as undercooked hamburger or unpasteurised food.
What are the complications?
Most infectious diseases have only minor complications, however, some — such as pneumonia, hepatitis B and C, AIDS and meningitis — can become life-threatening. Some infectious diseases may become silent, only to appear again in the future.