What is a rheumatologist?
A rheumatologist is a specialist physician who has expertise in diagnosing and treating diseases of the joints, muscles and bones.
Sometimes the term rheumatic disease or ‘rheumatism’ is used to describe this group of diseases.
Visit our Conditions page for information about common rheumatic diseases.
There are also a number of rarer rheumatic conditions that can affect other parts of the body including the skin, hair and internal organs. These include lupus, myositis, vasculitis and scleroderma.
What will happen when I see my rheumatologist?
Information and advice
Depending on the nature of your illness, you may need to see your rheumatologist regularly for ongoing management. Alternatively you may be treated by your GP, with the rheumatologist on hand for specialist advice.
How will my condition be treated?
They will select the best treatment combination for you, depending on the exact nature of your illness and your other individual needs.
In treating and managing your illness, your rheumatologist will also work closely with your General Practitioner as well as other skilled professionals to ensure that you receive the best possible care: