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What is a rheumatologist?

Many people who are referred to see a rheumatologist for the first time may not know much about this medical specialty.

A rheumatologist is a specialist physician who has expertise in diagnosing and treating arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions and autoimmune diseases.  


Arthritis mainly affects the joints while other musculoskeletal conditions can also affect the joints, bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Autoimmune diseases also commonly affect the musculoskeletal system but many of the conditions rheumatologists treat may affect the rest of the body, including eyes, skin, internal organs and the nervous system.  

Rheumatologists are experts in treating the many different types of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Rheumatologists also diagnose and treat autoimmune diseases. 

A factsheet on what to expect when you see a rheumatologist.

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