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Rheumatology Services

  • Rheumatology is the specialty of medicine that includes arthritis and autoimmune diseases
  • Arthritis means inflammation of a joint
  • A joint is where two or more bones meet and move in relation to each other
  • They are separated by a rubbery substance called cartilage which is smooth and slippery, allowing for easy movement
  • Cartilage covers the end of each bone
  • Tendons and ligaments attach bones to muscles and other bones
  • Cartilage, tendons and ligaments are enclosed within a membrane around the joint which releases a fluid into the joint space to keep it well lubricated
  • Autoimmune disease is where an abnormality in the immune system leads to the body’s defence harming its own cells by mistake
  • A rheumatologist is a doctor who has specialised in this area of medicine
  • Your GP will refer a patient to see a rheumatologist if they think the patient has 
    • an autoimmune disorder or 
    • if they need assistance diagnosing or treating arthritis  



Rheumatology Services

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