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Rheumatology is a sub-specialty of medicine dealing with diagnosis and treatment of diseases predominantly affecting the joints and connective tissues. Various auto-immune disorders, affecting multiple organ systems also fall under its purview.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

As mentioned in the introductory pages of this website, the word "arth" means joint and the word "itis" means inflammation. Hence "arthritis" means "inflammation in the joints". In various languages and communities it is known differently

Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis

The diagnosis of RA is essentially a clinical diagnosis based on Symptoms, Signs and Clinical Examination. There are no tests meant to diagnose arthritis, though there are certain tests which support establishing the diagnosis of RA.

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