What is Rheumatology?
Rheumatology is a medical specialty that is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and related rheumatic diseases. Rheumatologists are qualified by additional postgraduate training and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles, and bones.
What Conditions Do Rheumatologists Treat?
Rheumatologists treat more than 200 different types of rheumatic diseases, some of which are very serious and difficult to diagnose and treat. Some can be chronic or life-threatening. Common types of rheumatic diseases may include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Symptoms of a Rheumatic disease
Rheumatic diseases may cause swelling, stiffness, or pain in the skin, muscles, tendons, and bones. Certain types of rheumatic diseases may also affect connective tissue and internal organs.