Specialist doctors called rheumatologists run the unit and are experts in the field of musculoskeletal disorders (bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves).
Their role is to diagnose conditions and recommend appropriate treatment, if necessary from the orthopaedic department.
The rheumatologist may need to review you regularly, either in person or via one of the rheumatology team.
Alternatively, your condition may be one your GP can manage in the community. Many conditions are managed jointly between the GP and the hospital care team.