It deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all rheumatic diseases, especially inflammatory rheumatism. Rheumatology specialists working in rheumatology clinics receive 4 years of internal medicine and 3 years of rheumatology residency training after 6 years of medical training. Rheumatology clinics are supported in the treatment of diseases related to bones and joints, soft tissue diseases, autoimmune diseases, genetic connective tissue diseases and all kinds of diseases that cause movement restriction, pain, swelling and deformity in the body. Rheumatology units serve both adults and children as a sub-branch of pediatric clinics.
There are many rheumatic diseases. These diseases include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, connective tissue diseases (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic Sclerosis, Sjögren’s Syndrome, Myositis), Behcet’s Disease, Takayasu Arteritis, Polyarteritis Nodosa, small vessel vasculitis and other rheumatic diseases accompanying vasculitis, ﬁbromyalgia, gout, osteoarthritis and systemic diseases.
Regular follow-up is very important for the personal planning of the treatment and for the patients to have a healthy life.