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What is Rheumatology?

The field of rheumatology covers all conditions which affect joints, bones, muscles and tendons. These can range, for example, from shoulder stiffness or knee discomfort following unusual exercise, through to more chronic conditions such as low back pain, joint swelling or generalised stiffness.

Whatever the condition, it has become clear that early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve the outcome.

For example, in some of the more persistent conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout and osteoporosis, modern treatment has proved so effective that these diseases can be brought completely under control.

The advances in rheumatology have been made possible not just with new drugs, but with improved radiology and scanning techniques, and with the progress in orthopaedics and sports medicine.