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What is Rheumatology?
Rheumatology is the specialty of medicine that includes arthritis and autoimmune diseases.
Arthritis means inflammation of a joint. A joint is where two or more bones meet and move in relation to each other. They are separated by a rubbery substance called cartilage which is smooth and slippery, allowing for easy movement.
Autoimmune disease is where an abnormality in the immune system leads to the body’s defence harming its own cells by mistake.
A rheumatologist is a doctor who has specialised in this area of medicine.
Rheumatology Services Provided by Counties Manukau Health
Counties Manukau District Health Board Rheumatology Services are located at Middlemore Hospital, Manukau SuperClinic™, Botany SuperClinic™ and Pukekohe Hospital.