the rheumatology specialty manages health conditions affecting the joints, tendons, ligaments, soft tissues, and muscles.
our rheumatologist works on more than 150 different types of rheumatic diseases, also referred to as musculoskeletal diseases. this also means that rheumatic disorders are some of the most prevalent health issues in the world.
some of the most common types of rheumatic disorders treated are:
arthritis - this is one of the most common kinds of rheumatic disorders that involve the inflammation of the joint. under it are psoriatic arthritis (which accompanies the skin condition called psoriasis), osteoarthritis (which is characterized by the destruction of the bones and cartilage), and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (which appears during childhood). arthritis can also be caused by an infection, in which case it is called infectious arthritis.
gout - gout is often confused with arthritis because they both tend to share the same symptoms including swelling and redness. however, the main cause of gout is the build-up of crystal deposits made of uric acid in between the joints. this occurs when the body has a very high level of purine, which can be derived from protein-rich products such as beans and red meat
fibromyalgia –this health issue has a broad definition. it often refers to rheumatic disease accompanied by chronic fatigue and muscle stiffness, which makes it difficult for the patient to perform regular activities, including getting out of bed.
lupus – there are two different kinds of lupus, the more severe of which is systemic lupus erythematosus (sle). in lupus, the body’s own immune system attacks the connective tissues, joints, and tendons. at least 100,000 people are diagnosed with this condition.