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Rheumatology deals with diseases that affect the muscles and joints. Rheumatic disorders have symptoms such as joints and muscle pain, stiffness and swelling. These disorders can be cured with the help of medication, a healthy diet and regular exercise. Doctors who specialise in rheumatology are called rheumatologists. Clinical issues that affect joints and soft tissues, and the allied conditions of connective tissues are chiefly looked at by rheumatologists.

You Should Visit a Rheumatologist If:

  • You experience joint pain with or without swelling in the joints of your hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles and feet
  • You experience back or neck pain
  • You experience early morning stiffness in your joints
  • You have symptoms like recurrent fever, rash, photosensitivity, recurrent painful oral ulcers, reddish or bluish discolouration of hands especially in winters, dryness of mouth or eyes, non- healing ulcers, unexplained weight loss or deranged organ function

Some diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, are chronic and disabling if not treated early and appropriately. Some of these, like lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis and vasculitis, can even be grave if ignored.