What is rheumatology and what are some rheumatological conditions?
Rheumatology is a specialty of medicine focusing on diagnosing and treating rheumatic diseases. The related clinical conditions include arthritis, auto-immune diseases, musculoskeletal stiffness, pain, and osteoporosis. These conditions may also affect a person’s skin, eyes, nerves, and other organs.
There are over 100 rheumatic diseases, many of them auto-immune in origin. Your rheumatologist will treat your symptoms and recommend medication or therapy techniques. You will also benefit from specialist advice on how you can maximize your quality of life on a daily basis, including making diet and lifestyle changes.
When do you need to see a rheumatologist?
If you have experienced some of the following symptoms and have been advised by your doctor to consult a rheumatologist, you may wish to enquire at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre:
- Constant redness or warmth in a joint
- Fatigue and fever
- Joint pain, stiffness or swelling
- Fingers and toes that change colour when cold
- Shortness of breath
- Skin lesions affected by exposure to the sun
If you have experienced any of the above symptoms for longer than 6 weeks, you need to see a doctor. Early medical intervention is the best possible option and could have a lasting impact on your health.
Why you should consider our rheumatologists in Singapore
Make an appointment with experienced ligament and joint doctors at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre in Singapore. Trained in rheumatology with significant clinical experience, our team of rheumatologists at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre is equipped to provide you with up-to-date rheumatologic and surgical care.
Following a thorough diagnosis, your rheumatologist will recommend the course of treatment necessary to slow the progression of your kidney disorder, limit your discomfort and ensure a good quality of life.
Rheumatologic conditions are often chronic. Ask about how your rheumatologist can provide ongoing management and dedicated long-term support for your condition. Your specialist will tailor a treatment plan to your needs and accompany you on the journey from diagnosis through therapy and continuing care.
Major Areas of Specialisation
The following are some of the large range of rheumatic diseases our team of specialists treat. Their initial diagnosis, made after a comprehensive assessment of your medical history and a rigorous physical examination, will determine the treatment plan you, or your loved one will follow. Treatment is often tailored to each individual patient and managed by a multidisciplinary team of care specialists.
- Antiphospholipid syndrome
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Crystal-induced arthritis including gout and pseudogout
- Degenerative arthritis including osteoarthritis
- Inflammatory arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
- Musculoskeletal ultrasound
- Pediatric Rheumatology
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Steroid-induced Osteoporosis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Systemic sclerosis
- Systemic vasculitis
Did you know?
The skeleton of the human body has 206 bones. The hands, fingers and wrists has 54 bones in total, with 3 bones per finger and 2 bones per thumb. The feet and ankles have 52 bones between them.Request an appointment with a rheumatologist today.