Rheumatology is the medical study of diseases that affect the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones and muscles. Among them are many types of arthritis. A rheumatologist will diagnose your condition, prepare a treatment plan for you that will most likely include medication, exercise, and diet and stress management.
Most of the above conditions happen when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. It could be hereditary (genetically passed down) or caused by an injury, abnormal metabolic disorder, infection or immune system dysfunction. If your arthritis requires surgical intervention, your rheumatologist will further refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon.