Usha Panneerselvam, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursWoodridge Medical Associates
Cranston, RI 02920
- BC/BS of Rhode Island
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Neighborhood Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Roger Williams Medical Center
What is a certified orthotist?
Challenge America answeredAn orthotist is a practitioner who helps people with disabilities of the spine and limbs. Orthotics means the science of designing orthopedic braces that help certain musculoskeletal deformities. A certified orthotist reviews, designs, and fits devices called orthoses. Corrective shoe inserts are called orthotics. The certified orthotist has passed the certification standards of The American Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc. The orthotist may be part of your rehabilitation team and often works in conjunction with the prosthetist in assessing a person’s need for a prosthesis and orthopedic devices.
What does it mean if a doctor is “board certified”?
Board certification means that your doctor has passed periodic exams to test knowledge in the field. Board certification is an assurance to the patient that a physician is staying current in the field and is being reviewed by peers. Physicians can be certified in their field and, in many cases, in their specialty.
If you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, you may seek out or be referred to a board-certified general cardiologist or interventional cardiologist (cardiologists who perform catheter-based procedures such as angioplasty and stenting to reopen blocked arteries). Board certification for cardiology and interventional cardiology is administered through the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Board certification is required by most hospitals for credentialing. Recently, physicians have been asked to re-certify in their specialty to demonstrate continued education in advances and treatments for patients.
How is dermatitis herpetiformis related to celiac disease?
Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates answered
Dermatitis herpetiformis is related to celiac disease because both conditions are caused by gluten intolerance. Dermatitis herpetiformis is a rash on the skin that is extremely itchy and appears with big red blisters. The rash is most often located on your elbows, knees, and behind. Those who suffer from the rash rarely have digestive symptoms.
If you were to have the rash biopsied, it would contain antibodies similar to those found in tissue from the small intestines of someone with celiac disease. In fact, dermatitis herpetiformis causes similar damage to that of celiac disease in the small intestine. Dermatitis herpetiformis is caused by intolerance to gluten and is treated with the same gluten-free diet that someone with celiac disease would be on.
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