Rheumatology is a branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic disease. Physicians who have undergone formal training in Rheumatology are called rheumatologists.
It is concerned within the development, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the joints, bones, muscles and connective tissue. Many millions of people in the UK live with rheumatological tissue conditions. Rheumatological disease can cause a wide range of symptoms and it is important to quickly diagnose the condition to establish an appropriate treatment regime.
There are several reasons why you may wish to see a Rheumatologist, particularly if you are experiencing: –
- Persistent joint pain
- Inflammation of joints
- Swelling or tenderness of the joints
- Stiffness, redness, warmth
- Joint deformity
- Lack of range of movement or flexibility
- Fatigue, lacked energy, weakness