There are about 200 different musculoskeletal conditions. Arthritis is a term used by doctors to describe inflamation wihin a joint, wile rheumatism is a more general term that’s used to describe aches and pains in or around the joints. Because there are many possible causes of these pains doctors don’t often use the terms rheumatism and will usually refer to these problems either by a specific diagnosis or according to the part of the body affected. Doctors sometimes use the terms ‘musculoskeletal conditions’ or ‘the rheumatic diseases’ to refer to a whole range of conditions that affect the joints.
Following diagnosis our consultant will advise on the appropriate treatment, medication, exercise, therapies or surgery.
As part of our team of dermatologists, surgeons and associate specialists we at the Belfast Skin Clinic aspire to provide the best possible independent rheumatology service.