What is Rheumatology?

What is Rheumatology?
Posted on 11/06/2015

 Learn a Little Bit About Rheumatology 

Q. What is rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the study, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the muscles, joints and bones. The main rheumatic condition is arthritis, which has two forms – rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is systemic, causing painful swelling of most joints all over the body. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of cartilage in the afflicted joint. While the main rheumatic condition is arthritis, other well-known conditions include osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, lupus, gout, Lyme Disease, scoliosis and tendonitis.  

Q. Is medicine the only way to help relieve symptoms of rheumatic diseases?

A. We recommend There are several treatment options for relieving the symptoms of rheumatic diseases. If medication is available for your condition, we will prescribe it in addition to recommending lifestyle changes. A healthy diet, regular exercise, weight loss, limiting alcohol and stopping smoking are all important actions you can take in successfully relieving symptoms. Depending on your condition, we may also recommend physical and occupational therapies.

Q. Will I be able to be active again?

A. Our goal is to help you restore your quality of life! While most rheumatic diseases have no cure, there are treatment options that will may help relieve the pain, and inflammation and put the disease in remission. Medications and a healthy lifestyle are important in managing the symptoms. Regular exercise is also vital in treating rheumatic diseases. Many patients become inactive because of the pain they are experiencing, making their condition worse. Exercise and remaining active has been shown to be beneficial to your health. you can get back to life and enjoy it!