Rheumatology is the study and treatment of Rheumatic diseases. But what exactly is a Rheumatic disease? In layman's terms a Rheumatologist is involved in the
diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the joints, connective tissues
and the soft tissues that surround the joints.
The first thing that comes to mind for most people when you
is Rheumatiod Arthritis such as seen in the elderly.
But did you know that this condition may also
affect young children? Childhood Rheumatoid Arthritis, called Juvenile
Arthritis affects 1 child in every 1.000 annually! Many of these cases
are mild and caused by some sort of bacterial or viral infection, this
arthritis is often referred to as acute inflammatory arthritis and may cause severe symptoms
for a relatively brief period of time. Occasionally however, it does not go
away and may become Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, this painful condition
affects about 1 in every 10,000 children annually. The pain of Juvenile
Rheumatoid Arthritis may last for months or even years at a time. This disease
has been renamed now to be called simply juvenile arthritis or juvenile
arthritis of unknown cause (juvenile idiopathic arthritis)
Did you know that there are more than 100 types of arthritis
and rheumatic diseases!
A Rheumatologist may be employed in the treatment of acute joint injuries
caused by sports injuries or motor vehicle accidents. Sports medicine relies
heavily on Rheumatolgists in the care and treatment of their athletes.
A Rheumatologist may be consulted for acute injuries to joints such as
ACL injuries on sports athletes or slip and fall victims.
they will also treat a myriad of other diseases such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
And more than 100 other types
of arthritis and rheumatic diseases!