Programs/Services

Rheumatology Clinic

Arthritis and related disorders affect the joints, ligaments, tendons, bones and other parts of the musculoskeletal system. Arthritis is a leading cause of pain and physical disability in Canada. About one in six Canadians aged 15 years and over suffer the effects of arthritis as a long-term health condition.  Two-thirds of those with arthritis are women, and nearly three of every five people with arthritis are under the age of 65.  By the year 2026, it's estimated that over six million Canadians 15 years of age and older will have arthritis.

With fewer than 275 rheumatologists — specialists with at least five years of post-graduate training in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis — working in Canada, Canadians have limited access to expert care. Our community is fortunate to have the services of a rheumatologist at St. Joseph's.

Our Rheumatology Clinic helps adults of all ages who suffer from a wide variety of autoimmune and musculoskeletal disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, inflammatory muscle disease, tendonitis, bursitis, and gout through timely diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.

Patients are referred to the Rheumatology Clinic usually by their family physician.