Rheumatology is a branch of medicine which deals with the diagnosis and management of diseases that primarily affect joints, bones, and muscles. It also includes managing autoimmune diseases which initially may present with musculoskeletal symptoms but can involve internal organs like kidneys, lungs, and brain. Rheumatic diseases are one of the major reasons for long-term disability all over the world. The most common joint problem dealt with by Rheumatologists is Rheumatoid Arthritis which affects small joints of hands and feet and leads to pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. If not treated properly it can lead to joint deformities and long-term disability. 

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Shifa Department of Rheumatology

Shifa Department of Rheumatology oversees a diversity of patients, with ailments ranging from simple knee and back pain to arthritis of various kinds, and complex autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia, lupus, vacuities, etc. under the supervision of internationally trained multidisciplinary Rheumatologists.
The rheumatologists provide integrated and personalized care by working closely with physicians in many other specialties, depending upon the nature of the rheumatologic disorder.

Rheumatology is a multi-disciplinary specialty involving close collaboration with most other specialties and a variety of other health care professionals including physiotherapists, and occupational therapists. At Shifa International Hospital, we assign board-certified rheumatologists, physicians, and nurses to provide comprehensive and targeted care for patients with muscular, joint, complex connective tissue disorders with an up-to-date and evidence-based management of all major rheumatic conditions:

  • Painful joints (both small as well as large joints like hands, feet, knees, shoulders)
  • Spinal pain (neck and back pain)
  • Elbow pain (Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
  • Frozen Shoulder and Shoulder Impingement
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Enteropathic Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Pseudo-gout
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (Arthritis affecting children)
  • Osteoarthritis of Knees
  • Joint Hypermobility
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Antiphospholipid Antibody syndrome
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Polymyositis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Vasculitis (e.g; Takayasu’s and Wegner’s)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia Syndrome
  • Behcet’s Disease
  • Joint and soft tissue injections
  • Administration of biologics for arthritis and autoimmune diseases
  • Administration of IV therapies for osteoporosis

Our Rheumatology Clinic is expert-driven by the best rheumatologists in Islamabad: 

Dr. Zafar Ullah
Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr. Tahir Hashmi
MBBS, MRCP (Medicine), MRCP (Rheumatology), MSc
Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr. Taha Akhtar
MBBS, MRCP (Rheumatology), CCT (Rheumatology)
Consultant Rheumatologist (Shifa Medical Center, F-11)