Rheumatology, a subspecialty of internal medicine, is devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases. The term originates from the Greek rheuma, meaning "that which flows as a river or stream" and the suffix -ology, meaning "the study of". Rheumatologists mainly deal with problems involving the joints and the allied conditions of connective tissue.

  1. Rheumatic diseases present different symptoms. In general, however, symptoms may include:
  2. joint pain
  3. swelling in one or more joints
  4. joint stiffness that lasts for at least one hour in the early morning
  5. chronic pain or tenderness in the joint(s)
  6. warmth and redness in the joint area
  7. limited movement in the affected joint(s)
  8. fatigue
  9. persistent fevers