What is rheumatology?

A rheumatologist is a doctor who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the joints, muscles and bones as well as a range of systemic autoimmune conditions.

What conditions do rheumatologists treat?

Common diseases that rheumatologists treat include:

  • osteoarthritis

  • gout

  • inflammatory arthritis - including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis

  • back and neck pain

  • tendonitis and muscle/tendon injuries

  • connective tissue disease - including systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, myositis and vasculitis

  • fibromyalgia

Where can I go for more information?

The Australian Rheumatology Association has a good collection of patient information sheets covering a wide range of rheumatological conditions and commonly used drugs.