Rheumatologists are doctors who specialize in non-traumatic and non-surgical diseases of the musculoskeletal system (muscles, bones, joints and spine), diseases of the connective tissue and the immune system.
It has been found that the concept of rheumatic diseases is not known to most people nor is it widespread enough to contribute effectively to the early diagnosis and proper treatment of these diseases. In fact, most people use the terms “arthritic” or “rheumatic” when referring to rheumatic diseases. These terms are wrong because they lack content and often create confusion, giving the wrong impression that these are just two diseases, when in fact rheumatic diseases are many, about 200.
Arthritis, or inflammation of the joint, is a common symptom of rheumatic diseases but is not the only characteristic of rheumatic diseases. In addition to the joints, muscles, tendons and bones, other systems of the body can be affected such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, intestine, liver, nerves, brain, blood vessels, eyes, skin and so on.
The rheumatologist is the expert in investigating and diagnosing rheumatic diseases and recommending the appropriate treatment based on proven medical data.
The prevention and early diagnosis of rheumatic diseases is important in preventing the complications of these diseases.
Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sjögren’s Syndrome, Scleroderma, Vasculitis, etc.