Same reaction I had when I first heard about it.
Anyone can equate cardiology with the heart, nephrology with the kidneys and endocrinology with diabetes, thyroid conditions, etc. But what is rheumatology? In local parlance, the word we frequently use is “rayuma”. While many may split hairs over the difference of rayuma vis-a-vis arthritis, the original concept pertains to anything that may present with joint pains. In fact, there are 100 forms of arthritis and another 100 types of soft tissue rheumatism – both of which fall under rheumatis. Rheumatologist (or, if you prefer, rayuma-tologists), can help you whenever you have joint pains.