| Rheumatology is a subspecialty of Internal Medicine. It requires 2 years of additional fellowship training beyond the 3 years of Internal Medicine residency. It is the study of all types of arthritis and autoimmune diseases with musculoskeletal manifestations. There are approximately 100 conditions associated with some form of "arthritis'. Therefore, the word "arthritis" itself is not actually a diagnosis. Some of the more common types of conditions diagnosed and treated by Rheumatologists are:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- and all types of tendonitis and bursitis.
The array of medication that we now have to treat many of these diseases is extensive and based on state-of-the-art immunologic advances.
||Did you know?
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the famous French impressionist, developed significant Rheumatoid Arthritis in mid-life. Yet his paintings were always beautiful and optimistic! "The pain passes, but the beauty remains" were his words.