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Rheumatology

Rheumatologists deal mainly with clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues and the allied conditions of connective tissues. Sometimes these conditions are referred to as Rheumatic Diseases. Rheumatology is a medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of Rheumatic Diseases.

Many Rheumatic Diseases involve the joints (arthritis), but many are also conditions of the muscles, bones or tissues that support and move the joints. People often think that there are only 2 types of arthritis, but in fact, there are more than 100 medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system.

These include:
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Regional joint pain
    • Eg shoulder, wrist, ankle, back
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Gout
  • Osteoporosis
  • Vasculitis
  • Connective Tissue Diseases
    • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)
    • Sj√∂gren’s Syndrome
    • Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma)
    • Dermatomyositis
    • Polymyositis
    • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

Arthritis-related problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage (the tissue that covers the ends of bones, providing cushioning and a smooth surface) and surrounding structures. This can result in joint weakness, instability and deformities that can interfere with the most basic daily tasks such as walking, driving a car and preparing food.

Ultrasound

Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a powerful tool for assessing joint, tendon, ligament and bone problems in rheumatic diseases. Dr Taylor has trained in musculoskeletal ultrasound and incorporates it in his practice at Murdoch Rheumatology.

Ultrasound allows Dr Taylor to directly visualise joints and soft tissues in the clinic. The direct information he gains from the ultrasound examination greatly enhances his ability to assess and treat your problems. Aside from directly viewing the joints, ultrasound can identify inflammation within joint structures allowing for more precise and thorough therapy.

In inflammatory arthritic conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis it is now recognised that arthritis can be hidden but remain active and keep damaging the joints. Remission is the goal of these conditions and ultrasound is a vital tool in ensuring that these diseases are as completely controlled as possible.

At Murdoch Rheumatology, Dr Taylor may undertake an ultrasound examination as part of your consultation providing immediate information to aid your assessment and treatment without the need for another appointment or attendance at another clinic.

Clinical care

  • Assessment
  • Diagnosis
  • Information and Advice
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Treatment