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WHAT IS Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the specialty of medicine that deal with joints and the connective tissue of the body. It is a specialty that deals with the whole body, not just a part.


Interestingly, the word rheumatology comes from the Greek meaning ‘flows like a river’. 

Rheumatology deals with conditions affecting the joints, muscles and autoimmune connective tissue diseases.

Common conditions that Rheumatologists investigate and treat are:


  • Arthritis and joint and muscle pains

  • Autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and other connective tissue diseases including vasculitis of which there are many different types

  • Evaluation and treatment of different sorts of musculoskeletal pains


Rheumatologists are diagnostic experts, skilled in the assessment of whether or not a certain set of symptoms are due to an autoimmune disease, or perhaps something else.

If you have pain and/or immune symptoms a Rheumatologist is a good person to see for a thorough evaluation.


A Rheumatologist like Dr Maxine will give you a great foundational understanding of what is affecting your health and well-being and determine whether medical treatment is needed, whether surgery is needed, or whether non interventional measures can best support your health and well-being. It is of immeasurable value to establish foundational understandings of what is going on in your body in term of illness and disease.







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