Patient resources

Information to help you understand and manage your condition.

Welcome to the Patient Resources section of our website, designed to provide patients and caregivers with evidence-based, up-to-date information on treating and managing rheumatic conditions. Below you'll find information on various conditions and diseases, treatments, therapies and answers to commonly asked questions.

Common questions and answers

A rheumatologist is a medical doctor who is qualified as a specialist through additional training  in the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory diseases of the joints, muscles, connective tissue and bones. 

Rheumatologists treat a variety of conditions, including arthritis, vasculitis, tendonitis and more. Your doctor may refer you to a rheumatologist if you're experiencing certain symptoms or pain in the joints, muscles, or bones. 

To see a rheumatologist, you must receive a referral from your family doctor or physician.

Visit the Knowledge Library section of our website to access resources to help you better understand various rheumatic diseases and the treatments used to manage them. 

If you're a patient who has recently been diagnosed with a rheumatic disorder, our "It's a Joint Effort" online education program can help you understand and live with your condition.


AHS Resources

The following resources are provided by Alberta Health Services.

Alberta Healthy Living Program

The Alberta Healthy Living Program offers health education classes, self-management workshops, nutrition counselling and health coaching related to exercising with chronic conditions. Services are open to adults living in the community who are at risk of or live with a chronic health condition.

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Wellness Centre (Calgary)

Conveniently located within the South Health Campus (SHC), the Wellness Centre is a place where people can connect with programs, services and information to support them on their path to health and wellness and to live a healthier lifestyle.

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Helpful links

The following external links are trusted sources of information for patients and caregivers.


Alberta Rheumatology

The website for the Rheumatology in Alberta. Includes patient information and a link to a thorough YouTube channel.

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Arthritis Alliance of Canada

A great patient support group for Canadians living with rheumatic diseases.

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Arthritis Research Canada

A website that allows patients to learn more about participating in rheumatology research. 

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The Arthritis Society

A Canadian-specific rheumatology patient organization.

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The Canadian Rheumatology Association

The organization of Rheumatology Professionals in Canada - includes patient information and resources.

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RheumInfo

A great website by a Rheumatologist in London, Ontario with medication information sheets, and various educational videos.

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The American College of Rheumatology

The organization of Rheumatology professionals in the USA. Includes extensive patient information and resources. 

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