What Is Rheumatology

Rheumatology is that branch of medicine that concerns itself with arthritic complaints, mainly rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. From the Greek word rheum, which means “flow” or a kind of fluid build-up, rheumatoid arthritis, once commonly called rheumatism was once believed to be caused by a build-up of fluid in the joints.

This was probably due to the fact that inflamed joints swell, and the ancients attributed that to fluid buildup. Now any discipline that studies joint and cartilage disease and dysfunction falls under the general category of rheumatology.

Rheumatic diseases are a group of more than 100 disorders causing arthritis pain in the joints and stiffness in the muscles and tissues. These diseases may also cause inflammation in the connective tissues of other parts of the body.

Rheumatic diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, vasculitis, myositis, bursitis, and tendonitis, among others. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality, compassionate healthcare from a dedicated team of rheumatologists

What Is a Rheumatologist?

A Rheumatologist is an internist or pediatrician who is qualified by additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles, and bones. many rheumatologists conduct research to determine the cause and better treatments for these disabling and sometimes fatal diseases.

What Kind of Training Do Rheumatologists Have?

After four years of medical school and three years of training in either internal medicine or pediatrics, rheumatologists devote an additional two to three years to specialized rheumatology training. Most rheumatologists who plan to treat patients choose to become board-certified.

Upon completion of their training, they must pass a rigorous exam conducted by the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Pediatrics to be certified. Rheumatologists who are certified by these boards after 1990 are required to complete an extensive recertification process every ten years.


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