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Rheumatology

Rheumatologists at BJC Health

 

A rheumatologist is a specialist physician who has expertise in diagnosing and treating diseases of the joints, muscles and bones.

The more common rheumatic diseases include:

Rheumatologists also treat a number of rarer rheumatic conditions that can affect other parts of the body including the skin, hair and internal organs. These include “lupus”, myositis, vasculitis and scleroderma.

Rheumatologists are arthritis doctors, who deal with both mechanical/degenerative joint diseases and inflammatory joint diseases. Rheumatology also deals with most problems affecting muscles, tendons and ligaments and with diseases of the spine and diseases of the immune system.

You may know someone with gout, or someone with a work injury, or someone with strange aches and pains to the point they’ve had to see lots of different health practitioners without satisfaction. You may have a dicky knee or been told you have rheumatoid arthritis. Through best practice rheumatology we deal with all of these, and more.

Our brief is very large. Our tools are typically a thorough history, a good examination and an investigative mind. We actually communicate.

Rheumatology is entering a golden age. Technological improvements now mean that the best investigative tests are routinely available. Treatment options have become highly advanced. We have also learnt to use our older medications in more efficient and in novel ways. The pace of scientific endeavour has never been faster.

Apart from advances in medication, there has been a clear emphasis on multi-disciplinary care and a much more patient-focussed approach to disease management. Through our rheumatology clinics in Chatswood and Parramatta, we strive to refine this process of delivering efficient, connected care. Great treatment for rheumatic diseases, and indeed, for many diseases, requires more than any one individual can provide.

Rheumatologists are traditionally conservative, caring and communicative physicians. We still are, but in the 21st century, we are also increasingly effective.

 

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