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‘Rheumatology is the study of rheumatism, arthritis and other disorders of the joints, muscles and ligaments.’ This essentially means that it is the branch of medicine that specialises in conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, but in some cases, other systems in the body can also be affected.
What does a Rheumatologist do?
A Rheumatologist is a doctor who has completed higher specialist training to become an expert in diagnosing and treating rheumatic diseases and related conditions. This includes disorders that can affect joints, muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons, which can cause pain, swelling, stiffness and deformity, but also includes systemic (affects many parts of the body) autoimmune conditions, which can inflame the musculoskeletal system and other organs. With Dr Coy’s background in Rehabilitation and Sports and Exercise Medicine, in addition to traditional Rheumatology, she is extremely experienced in diagnosing and managing many of the more common non-inflammatory complaints of the musculoskeletal system. A Rheumatologist uses a combination of listening to patients and physical examination, along with investigations, such as x-rays, scans and blood tests, if indicated, to diagnose an individual’s condition, and advise on appropriate treatments.