What is it?

Rheumatology is a branch of medicine that deals with the investigation, diagnosis and management of people living with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.

These diseases are usually caused by problems in the immune system, inflammation, infections, or the gradual deterioration of joints, muscles and bones.

Rheumatology Conditions

Rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions affect soft tissues, joints, bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles – also known as connective tissues.

There are more than 200 recognised rheumatological and musculoskeletal conditions. A rheumatologist can help to make a definitive diagnosis and provide specialist care and treatment. They will often work closely with other members of a musculoskeletal multi-disciplinary team, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, pharmacy and nurse specialists.

Diagnosis and treatment options

The type of treatment you receive will depend on your symptoms. Your rheumatologist will do a full assessment of your condition and give you a specialist opinion.

You may be required to have further diagnostic tests to assess for musculoskeletal abnormalities:

  • X-ray
  • CT scan 
  • MRI 

Rheumatologists do not perform surgery. If you do require surgery, you will be referred to one of our other experts. Our rheumatologist works closely with consultants across a range of specialties, giving you tailored care, whatever your condition.

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