Rheumatology is a medicine concerned with the diagnosis and
treatment of diseases in the joints such as rheumatoid arthritis,
and autoimmune connective tissue diseases like lupus.
Rheumatology divides cases of arthritis into osteo-arthritis and
rheumatoid arthritis. Osteo-arthritis is characterised by the
general breakdown of the joint cartilage over time. This
causes inflammation and pain in the join in question which is
treatable with anti-inflammatories. Rheumatoid arthritis is
more systemic, a painful swelling in all or most joints at
Rheumatology services at Bay of Plenty District Health Board
- An outpatient-based service at Tauranga and Whakatāne
- A Paediatric rheumatology clinic at Tauranga Hospital.
- Some inpatient care of rheumatology patients who are admitted
under general medicine.
February 22, 2016