What is rheumatology?
Rheumatology is a medical discipline that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and research of diseases of the rheumatic type. Under the technical term “diseases of the rheumatic group” are summarized around 400 clinical pictures, which are colloquially referred to as “rheumatism” or “rheumatism”. Typical of rheumatism, which is also commonly referred to as a “widespread disease” because of its frequency, are symptoms of the musculoskeletal system, i.e. the bones and skeletal muscles as well as tendons and connective tissue, accompanied by pain and functional impairments. Metabolic disorders can also occur in connection with diseases of the rheumatic type.
The most well-known diseases the rheumatologist deals with include rheumatoid arthritis characterized by joint inflammation and stiffness (also known as “primary chronic polyarthritis (PCP)”), osteoarthritis due to degenerative processes (“joint wear and tear”) and Metabolic disorders caused by osteoporosis (“bone loss”) and gout.
While internal rheumatology is mostly about preserved (“conservative”) treatment methods and pain relief, the therapies of orthopedic rheumatology often focus on surgical measures and the adjustment of orthotics.
What is a rheumatologist?
The rheumatologist deals with the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases . Rheumatologists work in specialist practices or specialist clinics. They come from the fields of internal medicine, orthopedics or pediatric and adolescent medicine.
What does the rheumatologist do?
The rheumatologist’s range of treatments includes the following diseases:
- Wear-related or age-related rheumatic diseases such as osteoarthritis / gonarthrosis or, for example, degenerative spinal diseases such as facet joint osteoarthritis.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune and intermittent chronic inflammation of various joints (polyarthritis)): Patients suffer from swollen, painful and deformed joints, especially in the fingers and hands.
- Psoriatic arthritis (autoimmune chronic inflammation of the joints that occurs in connection with psoriasis).
- Other chronic, autoimmune-related inflammatory diseases of the musculoskeletal system such as connective tissue diseases (collagenosis) and ankylosing spondylitis (chronic inflammatory and painful disease with stiffening of the spine).
- Fibromyalgia and other rheumatic diseases of the soft tissues.
- Gout and other metabolic disorders that lead to rheumatic complaints.
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⇒ Dr. Simon Burnet
Dr. Simon Burnet is a Consultant Rheumatologist who founded RheumatologySA in 2004 at 332 South Terrace, Adelaide. He also consults at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville Road, Woodville. He also conducts regular country rheumatology clinics in Angaston and Crystal Brook and supervises the training Rheumatology Registrars in both his public and private clinics. Dr Burnet is the current Chair of the Regional Rheumatology Committee of the Australian Rheumatology Association.
- management of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis
- ankylosing spondylitis, autoimmune connective tissue disorders
- gout, temporal arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica
⇒ Dr. Suman Murthy
Dr. Suman Murthy is a consultant rheumatologist. She graduated from India in 2003 and moved to Australia in 2007 with her young family. She completed her basic physician training at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2012 and subsequent advanced training in Rheumatology across various public hospitals in South Australia. Suman is a fellow of Royal Australasian college of Physicians and a member of Australian Rheumatology Association.
- different types of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions and autoimmune disorders
⇒ A/Prof. Maureen Rischmueller
A/Prof. Maureen Rischmueller is the Director of Rheumatology at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and Clinical Associate Professor, Discipline of Medicine, University of Adelaide. Her main research interests are within the realm of inflammatory rheumatic diseases including Sjogren’s Syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Her translational research program investigates pathogenetic mechanisms, novel auto-antibodies, genetic risk factors, clinical manifestations, and new treatments for autoimmune rheumatic diseases.
⇒ Dr Jem Ninan
Dr Jem Ninan is dual trained in Rheumatology and General Medicine. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 2010. Jem trained at the Repatriation General, Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals in South Australia. He is a member of the Australian Rheumatology Association.
- early inflammatory arthritis and large vessel vasculitis
- musculoskeletal ultrasound and polarized microscopy
⇒ Dr Sajini Basnayake
Dr Sajini Basnayake completed her primary medical degree (MBBS) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, then started physician training at the Croydon University Hospital in London and subsequently migrated to Australia in 2008 and completed her FRACP in 2009. Dr Basnayake started working as a Rheumatologist in 2014 and has worked full time as a private Rheumatologist completing a post graduate certificate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (CCPU).
- Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- myositis and musculoskeletal ultrasound
⇒ Dr Richard Kwiatek
Dr Richard Kwiatek is an Australian-based health professional. Richard is trained as a Rheumatologist North Adelaide and has a practice located in North Adelaide.
- Adult Rheumatology, Chronic Pain
- Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue and Research
⇒ Dr Mark Friswell
Dr Mark Friswell is a highly experienced paediatric rheumatologist adelaide who has been working for nearly 20 years in this speciality. Originally from the UK, he qualified from the University of Birmingham in 1991 and then trained in Paediatrics, before specialising in the care of children with rheumatic diseases. He qualified as a consultant in 2002.
- Juvenile Arthritis, Scleroderma
- Juvenile Dermatomyositis, Auto-inflammatory diseases
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis