The Rheumatology Service is part of the Institute of Medical and Surgical Specialties (ICEMEQ) of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. It is dedicated to the treatment, from the medical, surgical and physical therapy points of view, of patients with an affliction of the musculoskeletal system. It offers comprehensive and excellent patient care throughout the healthcare process and works in coordination with primary care and other specialties.

The Rheumatology Service offers high-level medical care for inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases, for disorders that cause diffuse and localized pain in soft body parts, and for the treatment of metabolic bone diseases.

Participate in the following working groups:

  • Inflammatory Arthropathy Group
  • Bone Metabolism Group
  • Non-oncological chronic pain management group

The Rheumatology Service is responsible for the monitoring and treatment of various inflammatory pathologies including: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, arthritis associated with systemic autoimmune diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus, immunomediatric arthritis and microcrystalline arthritis, like the gout, among others. In the same way it is also involved in the treatment of the pathology of bone metabolism, such as osteoporosis, osteomalacia and Paget's disease, among others.

A multidisciplinary team is dedicated to the treatment of chronic pain, mainly for patients with fibromyalgia. Finally, the Rheumatology Service provides care to 11 primary healthcare centers for the principle pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, including osteoarthritis and low back pain, among others

What are we dealing with?

These are the main healthcare issues that are treated in the Rheumatology Service.

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Know the team

The Rheumatology Service has a multidisciplinary team in charge of healthcare, teaching and research. The Service also employs professionals from associated disciplines such as physiotherapy, psychology and occupational therapy, among others.

It also has a group of scholarship holders specializing in rheumatology, trained at the institution, and who are responsible for various research projects in the different units.

José Alfredo Gómez Puerta Head of Service Rheumatology Department

Assistive Devices

The healthcare activity of the Rheumatology Service is carried out using the following equipment:

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Osteoporosis in the first person

Appointment of Antonia, Patient
I know of people who are scared because they have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, but it's no big deal. I got it through my head that I had fragile bones and I was clear on what I needed to do, take care of my bones. I follow a calcium-rich diet, exercise, and take the medication they prescribe for me.
Appointment of Vanessa, Patient
You have to be very aware and very attentive to possible symptoms, possible triggers that you know can make a peak of tiredness or pain. Once you become aware, you improve your daily life a lot.

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