Rheumatology is a field of medicine that is focused on diseases that affect muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons. These diseases can cause joint pain and swelling with risk of joint deformities as well as significant disability. Rheumatism is a term that has been used for a very long time to describe these conditions. A Rheumatologist is a medical doctor who treats “rheumatism” as well as systemic autoimmune diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are two common systemic autoimmune diseases. In this group of diseases, the patient’s immune system attacks their own body, including internal organs.
Rheumatological diseases can have a major impact on a patient’s health and function. The Markham Rheumatology Hub was created to address care gaps in patients living with arthritis and systemic autoimmune diseases. Combining expertise of medical and allied health professionals (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, pedorthists and chiropractors), Markham Rheumatology Hub will provide the highest quality of care to enhance the lives of patients. Medical recovery and rehabilitation will be the focus of this collaborative approach to care.
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