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Physical medicine and rheumatology

Working closely together with the other departments, physical medicine and rheumatology covers the full range of investigation and treatment of non-surgical conditions affecting the spine. In rheumatology, we make a distinction between mechanical and inflammatory causes of disease.

Mechanical conditions

  • Narrowed spinal canal
  • Prolapsed discs
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Degenerative changes

Inflammatory rheumatological conditions

  • Ankylosing spondylosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Crystal deposition disorders

Work-up and treatment

  • In depth assessment of the situation with detailed discussion and thorough physical examination
  • Whenever necessary, further investigation such as blood tests and diagnostic imaging (e.g. x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound scans)
  • Ambulatory or inpatient treatment as well as inpatient musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Medication, manual therapies, prescription of physiotherapy or occupational therapy
  • Inclusion of other departments within the University Spine Center, whenever necessary 

Here for you

Prof. Dr. med. Florian Brunner
Head Physician Rheumatology

+41 44 386 16 00 

Further information

‘Rheumatism’ is a blanket term for degenerative and inflammatory diseases of bones and joints, together with associated soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. PD Dr. med. Florian Brunner and his team address the whole spectrum of conservative (non-surgical) diagnostic investigation and treatment of musculoskeletal system diseases.

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