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What is a Rheumatologist?

Rheumatology is a sub-specialty in internal medicine devoted to diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases. Rheumatology is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine, with advancements resulting from new scientific discoveries related to immunology of these disorders. Because characteristics of some rheumatological disorders are often best explained by immunology many major rheumatological disorders are now described in terms of the autoimmune system as well as autoimmune diseases.

Clinicians who specialize in rheumatology are called rheumatologists. A Rheumatologist is an physician with specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. Rheumatologists deal mainly with clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculitis, and heritable connective tissue disorders.

Rheumatologists are experts in the management of both localized and generalized pain. They treat localized pain in the back, neck, shoulders and hands, including osteoarthritis, tendonitis and bursitis, as well as complex systemic pain caused by diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus.



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