What is rheumatology ?

Rheumatology is a medical discipline that deals mainly with pathologies affecting the musculoskeletal system: bones, muscles, joints, tendons and the spine.

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Rheumatologists treat several diseases, such as :

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Paediatric rheumatic diseases

  • Various inflammatory rheumatisms

  • Fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes

  • Infectious arthritis

When to consult a rheumatologist ?

A rheumatologist should be consulted in the event of :

  • Spinal pain ("sciatica", disc herniation, neck pain, etc.)

  • Back pain

  • Pain affecting tendons or muscles

  • Bone and joint pain

  • Limited movement (handicap)

  • Joint pain (tendonitis)

What are the risk factors ?

  • Women are more affected than men

  • Age

  • Practising sports or intense and repetitive movements (agriculture, sewing, ...)

  • Obesity

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