Category: Rheumatology

Dr. Swamy Talks Research, Pain Management and What’s Next at Attune Health

Good morning and Happy May,


To keep our patients and my fellow colleagues updated on the happenings at Attune Health, I will write a blog post each week — a letter to you about what we are excited about and what we are working on.


Last week was a busy one. We welcomed the medical community to a special event where they got their first glimpse of our brand new, state-of-the-art facility. We were thrilled  to show our fellow doctors, medical staff and our friends all that Attune Health has to offer, including our infusion center, our dedicated research space and our telemedicine options.


This week, Attune Health is working on reducing pain and inflammation on several fronts.


In our research department, I am moving forward with a project to collect biopsies of synovial tissue, which lines the joints in our bodies. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, it is this tissue that becomes inflamed and causes pain and swelling.


From these biopsies, I hope to understand the utility of obtaining synovial tissue from patients with RA before their treatment starts and again after they begin taking their medication. I want to understand how changes in synovial tissue can influence how a patient feels.


I’m hoping to launch this project soon by collecting samples from patients. If you have RA and are interested in participating in this study, please contact the office at 310-652-0010.


Attune Health is also participating in the American College of Rheumatology’s classification criteria project for systemic lupus. I have been collecting patient histories and entering them into a database in hopes of of helping to update the ACR classification criteria for SLE.


On the technology front, we are working to develop a protocol for using virtual reality in the office. We’ve already had a very successful first run on one of our patients and we are looking forward to expanding the use of VR in our practice.  We believe VR has significant capabilities to help relieve pain and help patients achieve a new level of relaxation. There’s also evidence that VR may benefit certain sleep conditions.


I’m working now to identify a software vendor that can offer affordable virtual reality treatments to our patients. Stay tuned for more information.


And finally, the doctors at Attune Health have been extensively collaborating with our in-house nutritionist Lee Bell. In a blog post later this week, Lee will discuss her approach to alleviating inflammation through diet. Our patients seem to really enjoy the benefits of having an experienced and forward-thinking nutritionist on staff — and we do too.


We are looking forward to adding new technologies and services to Attune Health in the coming weeks and months. Keep an eye on our blog for more news and information. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Thank you and enjoy the rest of your week.


Dr. R. Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR