There are diseases that are triggered by a lack of control of the immune system, which produces autoantibodies that turn against structures of the body itself. This is the case for rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid syndrome and several other diseases that have this autoimmune process in common.
A rheumatologist specializes in autoimmune rheumatic diseases, which, directly or indirectly, generate some discomfort for the musculoskeletal system, especially pain and decreased movement. Because of the knowledge they have of the musculoskeletal system, they also treat the non-traumatic conditions that involve it, such as gout, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and all other conditions that popularly fit into the term 'rheumatism'.
In case of pain or swelling in the body, listen to the opinion of a rheumatologist at DaVita Serviços Médicos.