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Department of internal medicine (rheumatology)

Dr. Juan Munoz Ortego
rheumatology

About the department

The internal medicine (rheumatology) department at Teknon Medical Center Barcelona offers the latest advances in diagnosing and treating inflammatory and degenerative rheumatological diseases. The department is one of the few in Spain that performs regenerative medicine. This technique aims to replace, protect, or regenerate damaged cells, tissues, or organs. With the help of regenerative medicine, it is possible to stop the development of the disease and avoid aggressive operations for a long time. At the same time, medical acupuncture is gaining exceptional success among patients. Doctors use this method, which is currently based on the knowledge of anatomy, neurophysiology and biology, for pain relief. In diagnostics, rheumatologists prefer non-invasive techniques to visualize tendons, muscles, and joints without damaging or exposing the patient. Ultrasound of the joints and muscles allows specialists to see the internal structures and accurately diagnose the degree and severity of inflammation or injury.

The highly qualified rheumatologists of the department specialize in treating chronic rheumatic diseases that cause severe inflammation and pain. These diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia, and back pain. New targeted biologic therapies allow doctors to control inflammation and enable patients to return to daily life without pain. To optimize the patient's quality of life, rheumatologists also use physiotherapy, including manual and exercise therapy.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Ankylosing spondylitis 
  • Steroid-induced osteoporosis 
  • Chronic pain 
  • Vasculitis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis

Diagnostics:

  • Anamnesis
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory and biochemical analyses
  • Ultrasound of joints and muscles
  • Capillaroscopy
  • Digital X-ray
  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Myelography (contrast dye and X-rays to look for problems in the spinal canal)
  • Bone scintigraphy (nuclear medicine imaging technique of the bone)
  • Measures of the antinuclear antibody (ANA) 
  • C-reactive protein (CRP) 
  • Anti-double stranded DNA antibody (Anti-dsDNA)
  • Biopsy of inner lip (for diagnosis of Sjogren's syndrome )

Treatment:

  • Drug therapy 
  • Immune therapy
  • Steroid therapy 
  • Biological targeted methods
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Medical acupuncture
  • Neuromodulation
  • Advanced physiotherapy
  • Functional osteopathy
  • Manual therapy 
  • Physical exercises 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 2005 - 2008 Studied medicine at the University of Barcelona
  • 2012 PhD, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Experience

  • 2010 - 2012 Associate Physician of the Rheumatology Service, Sanitas CIMA Hospital
  • 2013 - 2019 Associate Physician, Department of Rheumatology, Teknon Medical Center
  • 2016 Clinical Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Department of Inflammatory and Systemic Autoimmune Diseases at Teknon Medical Center
  • 2017 Medical Director of the MYM Institute, specializing in the interdisciplinary treatment of stress, fatigue and pain at the Teknon Medical Center
  • 2020 Head of Rheumatology Service, Teknon Medical Center
  • 2022 General Director of the Regener Medical Center focused on the treatment of osteoarthritis and tendinitis with regenerative medicine
  • 2022 General Director of the Regener Medical Center focused on the treatment of osteoarthritis and tendinitis with regenerative medicine

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Multiple publications in prestigious national and international scientific journals
  • Organizer, moderator and speaker at scientific national and international conferences and congresses of the highest level
  • 2012 Extraordinary Doctor of Internal Medicine Award from the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • 2015 Book "Acupuncture and Rheumatology", co-author, Adam Editions
  • Member of the Spanish Society of Medical Acupuncturists
  • Member of the Catalan Society of Rheumatology
  • Vice President of the Scientific Society of Acupuncture
  • Regenerative Medicine Working Group Coordinator
  • President of the Scientific Society of Acupuncture
  • Member of the Spanish Society of Rheumatology
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