What is a Rheumatologist?
A rheumatologist is physician who specialises in the treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Rheumatologists treat certain autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, and many other conditions including osteoarthritis, gout, SLE (Lupus), back pain, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, and osteoporosis. Several of these conditions can be difficult to diagnosis and manage, and so it is important to see a rheumatologist if you have any disorder affecting your joints or muscles. After making a diagnosis, each patient will have an individualised management plan depending on their condition.