This subspecialty of internal medicine deals mainly with clinical problems involving joints and soft tissues. Nearly 40 million people of all ages are affected by arthritis or a related disease that affects the joints, muscles and bones. Rheumatological disorders can lead to severe health impairment resulting in malfunction and reduced working capacities, sometimes the implications of rheumatology can lead to severe consequences of complete loss of functionality in joints and tissues and irreversible impairment. Diagnosis of rheumatological disorders can be made from history and physical examination but sometimes it needs sophisticated investigations by a rheumatologist or other specialized physicians.
Biographical Sketch:

Dr Kan Sow Lai studied medicine at National University of Malaysia (UKM), Selangor. She did his internship training in Hospital Pulau Pinang and thereafter boasts the experience of working in 6 healthcare facilities in Malaysia. His multidisciplinary specialty experiences include primary health, O&G, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Nephrology, Haematology, Infectious Disease and Paediatrics before he decided to pursue his studies in Rheumatology and joined General Hospital Pulau Pinang, as Rheumatologist.

In the field of medical education, Dr Kan Sow Lai was passion to teach continues when he was posted to Hospital Pulau Pinang as Rheumatologist, involved in clinical teaching for medical student at Faculty of Medicine, Penang Medical College from 2013 until now. Dr. Kan Sow Lai has excellent skills in Rheumatology related procedures of joint aspiration and injection (Knee, shoulder, ankle, wrist, elbow, small joints ie: metacarpal or metatarsal phalangeal joints, proximal inter-phalangeal) joints, soft tissue injection (Subacromial bursa, flexor tenosynovitis/ trigger finger, injection of tenosynovitis, tennis elbow, de-Quervains tenosynovitis and carpal tunnel syndrome) Synovial fluid analysis using polarized microscope and musculoskeletal ultrasound scanning for diagnosis and ultrasound guided joint and soft tissue injection.

Dr Kan Sow Lai is currently working as Rheumatologist in Medical Department at Hospital Pulau Pinang. While possessing excellent skills in treating a wide range of rheumatoid patients with her skill, it is interesting to note that Dr Kan Sow Lai has also mastered the special skills in wide range of haematology, gastroenterology, neurology and endocrine to name a few