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.
If you find yourself to be in a situation where finding the best rheumatologist specialist Melbourne gets difficult, then we are here to help you out with this. Below is a list of the top rheumatologist Melbourne. To help you find the best rheumatologist Melbourne located near to you, we put together our own list based on patient reviews.
This article is updated every 1-2 months.
⇒ Dr Andrew Teichtahl
Dr Andrew Teichtahl has a keen interest in adult rheumatology in both inflammatory and mechanical musculoskeletal health, as well as connective tissue disorders.
- Adult rheumatology
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
Phone: 03 9700 7666
⇒ Dr Chamila Dabare
Dr Chamila Dabare is a Rheumatologist with interests in inflammatory arthritis and general rheumatology. She is a staff Rheumatologist at Western Health, Melbourne, Victoria, since 2015.
- Inflammatory arthritis
- Osteoarthritis and interventional rheumatology
- All general rheumatology issues
Phone: (03) 9318 1722
⇒ Dr Lucy Croyle
⇒ Dr Talib Tahir
Dr Talib Tahir is a Rheumatologist and Consultant Physician. Dr Tahir’s areas of interest are Inflammatory Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Connective Tissue Disease, Musculoskeletal conditions and Vacuities with a special interest in Behcet’s disease as well as a variety of internal medicine complex diseases.
- Inflammatory Arthritis
- Osteoporosis, Connective Tissue Disease
- Behcet’s disease
⇒ Dr Stephen Hall
Dr Stephen Hall was an assistant rheumatologist at Prince Henry’s Hospital in Melbourne from 1984 to 1986, a rheumatologist Alfred Hospital Melbourne from 1986 to 1989, a Senior Lecturer at Monash University, Department of Medicine from 1989 to 1995, and was head of the rheumatology unit at Box Hill Hospital from as well as a rheumatologist at Dandenong Hospital in Melbourne
Phone: 03 9509 4244
⇒ Dr Gene-Siew Ngian
Dr Gene-Siew Ngian worked at St Vincent’s Hospital before moving on to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Monash Medical Centre where she completed her rheumatology training. Dr Ngian enjoys treating a wide range of rheumatological conditions and understands the importance of a patient-centred approach to care.
Phone: (03) 9134 3328