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The umbrella term “rheumatism” has historically been used to refer to all joint diseases and pain in the locomotor system. The field of rheumatology comprises over 400 different disorders that can be found in almost every age group. Some people continue to believe the myth that rheumatism is an annoying, mostly harmless disease that occurs only in old age. In fact, however, it involves various partly localised, partly generalised non-inflammatory and inflammatory disorders of the locomotor system, which in the worst case can also be life-threatening.
Today’s diagnostic options make it possible to distinguish between inflammatory and non-inflammatory, degenerative and metabolic diseases at an early stage. As a result of the complexity of rheumatic diseases, there are many overlaps with other areas of medicine such as conservative and surgical orthopaedics, cardiology and pulmonology, neurology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, angiology and dermatology.
Early recognition of specific disease patterns and the systematic implementation of guideline-oriented multimodal therapy approaches with the various medical specialities aims to ensure optimal prevention of potentially permanent damage with a holistic consideration of the human body.

What we offer

Diagnosis and therapy of rheumatological diseases

E.g. rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, spondyloarthropathies (including Bechterew’s disease, reactive arthritis), collagenoses (including SLE, scleroderma, Sjögren’s disease, mixed collagenoses), polymyalgia rheumatica, vasculitides (including vascular and small-vessel vasculitis), metabolic arthropathies (gout, pseudogout), Lyme disease, fibromyalgia/soft tissue rheumatism, degenerative spinal and joint diseases

Clarification of cardinal symptoms

Including joint pain with or without swelling, muscle pain, tendon insertion pain, fever syndromes, Raynaud syndrome, increased inflammatory markers, skin alterations, back and whole-body pain

Technical examinations

Comprehensive medical history, individualised questionnaire, upper abdominal sonography, joint ultrasound diagnostics with colour Doppler/power Doppler analysis, diagnostic punctures with joint/synovial analysis, laboratory tests in cooperation, advanced X-ray and modern cross-sectional imaging diagnostics (CT and MRI), as well as bone density measurement in cooperation with Radiology Südost and joint consultative discussions


Initiation of guideline-oriented conservative local and systemic drug therapy, performance of infusions (biologics) and injections, sonographically guided joint punctures and injection therapies, spinal infiltrations, vaccinations and vaccination advice, taking into account immunomodulatory rheumatism therapy with interaction with the body’s immune system.

Manual therapy

Nutritional advice taking into account the individual history for therapy support, osteological diagnostics and therapy, guideline-oriented initiation and monitoring of physical measures including consultative discussions, organisation and implementation of full-body pain therapy using the Elosan cabin as an effective electrophysical measure for the treatment of acute/especially chronic pain as an ideal complement to interdisciplinary multimodal treatment concepts

Our team of experts

Wolfgang Thies MD

Medical specialist for internal medicine, rheumatology and osteology

Rolf Hohmeister MD

Doctor specialising in rheumatology, orthopaedics and rehabilitation Physical Medicine & pain therapy

Christian Schlegel MD

Head physician Clinic Bad Ragaz, Physical medicine and rehabilitation FMH, Sports medicine SGSM, Man-ual medicine SAMM, Interventional pain management SSIPM, Musculoskeletal ultrasound SGUM

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