Rheumatology deals with diagnosing and treating rheumatic diseases. These diseases can affect any part of the body but most commonly involve the joints, muscles, and connective tissues. Rheumatologists use a variety of tests and procedures to diagnose rheumatic diseases, such as:
- Blood tests
- MRI scans
Treatment options vary depending on the specific disease but may include medication, physical therapy, and surgery. Rheumatology is a complex and ever-changing field of medicine that can also include the study of rare diseases, and rheumatologists must constantly update their knowledge in order to provide the best possible care for their patients.