It’s a great question, as ‘Rheumatology’ is not an every day word that we use!
Rheumatology is the profession that deals with conditions affecting the connective tissue and the musculoskeletal system, including conditions such as arthritis, autoimmune connective tissues disorders such as Lupus, muscle and tendon disorders and musculoskeletal pains.
The word Rheumatology comes from the Greek word ‘rheuma’ which means ‘flows like a river’.
This may seem strange to apply this to the body as we know there is no river in the body! When we are stiff, aching or in pain or parts aren’t moving freely we know that we are not in the flow so to speak, so in that context it makes sense. The connective tissue and the musculoskeletal system are vital for our movement.