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What is rheumatology?

Rheumatology investigates, diagnoses and manages patients with musculoskeletal conditions such as, lupus, arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. There are over 200 musculoskeletal conditions and disorders that affect the bones, joints, muscles and soft tissues and at BMI we help diagnose and treat them.

Reasons to see a consultant rheumatologist

Some of the common concerns for seeing a rheumatologist are:

  • Persistent joint pain
  • Inflammation indicated by joint swelling
  • Tenderness of the joints
  • Stiffness, redness, warmth
  • Joint deformity
  • Loss of range of motion or flexibility
  • Fatigue, lack of energy, weakness

Wide range of treatments

Millions of people in the UK live with a rheumatologic disorder or condition and the symptoms that come with it. Rheumatologic disease can cause a broad range of symptoms and it’s important to diagnose quickly to establish whether it’s an acute or chronic condition, so it can be treated accordingly. The Rheumatology departments at BMI Healthcare offer treatment for a wide range of rheumatologic disorders and conditions including:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Polymyalgia
  • Gout
  • Soft tissue conditions
  • Autoimmune rheumatic disorders
  • Spinal pain

The type of rheumatologic treatment you will receive will depend on your symptoms. Your consultant will assess your condition and give you a specialist opinion. If further diagnostic tests or treatments are required, these will be explained fully during your consultation.

Common rheumatologic diagnostic tests:

How BMI Healthcare can help

Rheumatologic health and care at BMI Healthcare offers you fast, direct and convenient appointments with a consultant rheumatologist. Your consultant may be able to reassure you that what you are experiencing is nothing to be concerned about or they can discuss treatment options that could relieve your symptoms so you can return to enjoying your life.

Together, you and your consultant rheumatologist can decide the best route for you and develop a tailor made treatment package to achieve optimum results.