Rheumatology: a medical specialty treating conditions of the musculoskeletal system

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Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives.Most people ignore causes and risks associated to back pain, which keeps them from finding ways of preventing or to cure their pain.

To help you find the best help possible, Concilio’s medical team is by your side to help you find the solution to your medical problems.

What is rheumatology ?

Rheumatology refers to a medical specialty dealing mainly with conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, namely the muscles, joints, spine and bones. In general, a specialist in rheumatology deals with diseases affecting skeletal functions. They intervene in case of bone diseases, articular or tendon injuries resulting from trauma or caused by a systemic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, or fibromyalgia.

Various pathologies are treated in rheumatology, including

  • osteoarthritis
  • osteoporosis
  • spondyloarthropathies
  • arthritis of infectious or metabolic origin
  • rheumatic diseases of the child

Diagnosis and treatment

To establish a diagnosis and identify the source of bone, joint or muscle disorder(s), the specialist in rheumatology proceeds primarily to a questioning of the patient. In addition to a clinical assessment, additional tests such as an MRI, CT scan, or X-ray may be requested. In the case of inflammatory diseases, various biological tests may also be prescribed.

Depending on the course of the disease, the rheumatologist can perform joint punctures, washing and joint infiltration, or interventions guided by ultrasound. Examinations such as electromyogram to analyze the functioning of one or more muscles, or bone densitometry to assess bone density are also performed in rheumatology.

Why is it important to obtain the best care when you are ill?

Concilio enables you to access the best healthcare available to you. Our medical team will personally assist you to help you deal with any health issue.

  • In 45% of cases, your diagnosis or treatment plan could be optimized
  • 9 out 10 doctors prescribe unnecessary medical acts: surgery, repeat investigations, non-compliance with recommended best medical practice
  • All hospitals and clinics are not equal. Some are better suited to treating your illness than others.
  • Medicine is becoming more and more specialized. It can be complicated to obtain reliable medical information and ensure you get to see the medical practitioner that’s right for you and your condition.

Sources

  1. Rubin Dl. Epidemiology and Risk Factors for Spine Pain. Neurol Clin. 2007; May;25(2):353-71.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17445733
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