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What does a Rheumatologist do?
A rheumatologist is an internist or paediatrician, who received further training in the diagnosis, detection and treatment of musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions commonly referred to as rheumatic diseases. These diseases can affect the joints, muscles and bones causing pain, swelling, stiffness and deformity. Autoimmune conditions occur when the immune system sends inflammation to areas of the body when it is not needed causing either damage or symptoms. These diseases can also affect the eyes, skin, nervous system and internal organs. Rheumatologists treat joint disease similar to orthopaedists but do not perform surgeries. Common diseases treated by rheumatologists include osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic back pain, tendinitis, and lupus. In layman terms, a rheumatologist is a bone, joint and immune system doctor.
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by Gerrit E.
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