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What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the study of disorders affecting the joints and/or the muscles and soft tissues around the joints and bones. Rheumatologists have experience in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the joints, muscles and bones, and often are active in conducting research to determine the cause of these diseases and conditions of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Common conditions

Common disorders related to rheumatism include:

  • Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Autoimmunity Clotting Disorder
  • Vasculitis
  • Sjogren's Disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Joint Pain
  • Osteoarthritis

Signs & Symptoms

Indicators that you could potentially have a disorder related to rheumatism include:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint swelling and redness
  • Back pain
  • Lung symptoms
  • Heart symptoms
  • Eye symptoms


Depending on your condition, our physician may prescribe Rheumatology medications such as:

  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Steroids
  • Anti-rheumatic drugs
  • Monoclonal antibodies

For some disorders related to rheumatism, joint replacement surgery and arthritis-related reconstructive surgery can be a beneficial solution.

There is no need to live with the pain of rheumatism. Ignoring this pain could potentially lead to a more severe condition that you leave with loss of functioning in your joint. If you have been experiencing recurring pain in your joints or other areas of your body, consulting a Rochester Regional Health physician is your best course of action. Our trusted Rheumatologists have access to the most current information, treatments, and medications to help treat your rheumatism.

Rochester Regional Health physicians also specialize in the treatment of juvenile (pediatric) arthritis and juvenile (pediatric) rheumatoid arthritis.