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What is Rheumatology? Rheumatology is the medical specialty that is devoted to the research, diagnosis, and management of rheumatic disorders. Rheumatology is practiced by rheumatologists- internists and pediatricians who specialize in the field through a fellowship after completing residency.
What are Rheumatic Disorders?
Rheumatic disorders refer to autoimmune and inflammatory diseases of the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. Prompt assessment and management are necessary as these diseases can manifest in a variety of symptoms that can have systemic implications.
Management of disorders in rheumatology has traditionally involved the use of immunosuppressant medications, however, with advances in research in targeted therapy, such as biologics, greater efficacy and safety of treatment has been achieved.
Examples of rheumatic disorders include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sjögren’s Syndrome
- Giant Cell Arteritis
Source: Patient / Caregiver. (n.d.). American College of Rheumatology. Retrieved May 17, 2022, from https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver