Rheumatologist in Mumbai

I am a consultant rheumatologist in Mumbai specializing in diagnosing and treating a range of diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system. I treat patients with rheumatological conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and many more.

I competed my MD (General Medicine) from Padmashree Dr. D Y Patil Medical College, Navi Mumbai. Then, I joined Dr. Nimish Nanavati, a leading rheumatologist in Mumbai, as a clinical assistant, where I received extensive training in all aspects of rheumatology. Later, I undertook a Fellowship in Rheumatology at P.D Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre.

I believe in working closely with my patients to help provide them the best treatment in an efficient and timely manner. I currently offer my services as a consultant rheumatologist in Mumbai at Dr. Nanavati’s Centre for Rheumatology and Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital.

Our Services


Rheumatoid Arthritis

It is an autoimmune disease that affects the joints in your body. This chronic inflammatory disorder causes painful swelling in the joint linings.
If not treated, it can cause bone erosion and joint deformity.


Lupus is a long-term autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks normal, healthy tissue. Symptoms include swelling and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, brain, and lungs. The disease is managed through medications and lifestyle modifications.


It is a rare disease that affects your skin, connective tissue, and internal organs. It occurs when the body produces excessive protein collagen, an essential part of your skin. It makes your skin thick and tight and can also cause scars on your lungs and kidneys.


Gout is a form of arthritis that causes severe joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. It normally affects the big toe’s joint. Gout attacks are sudden and repeatedly return, slowly damaging tissues in the area of the inflammation and causing excruciating pain.

Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that mainly affects the spine, but it may also affect other joints. It causes inflammation of the vertebrae, resulting in severe, chronic pain. Ankylosis, or new bone development in the spine, may occur in more advanced cases, causing parts of the spine to fuse in a fixed, immobile position.


Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome affecting multiple sites of the body the muscle and bones and tendons (musculoskeletal pain), generalised fatigue, troubled and non-restorative sleep, anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating or staying alert, headaches. This disorder frequently becomes evident after stressful events such as emotional, physical or medical stress.

Sjogren’s Syndrome

It is an immune system disorder characterised by its two most common symptoms: dry eyes and dry mouth. This condition often accompanies other immune system disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus.


Vasculitis means inflammation of the blood vessels, it causes the blood vessels to thicken which in turn reduces the blood flow through the vessel resulting in organ and tissue damageThere are many types of vasculitis and most of them are rare. Vasculitis may affect just one organ or several.


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is a degenerative (mechanical) joint disease. Although OA can involve any joint and the disorder typically involves the knees, hips, spine, hands etc. Symptoms of arthritis typically worsen over time. Patients complain of particularly after activity, stiffness after rest and reduced movement of the affected joint.


  • Dr. (Rishabh Nanavati) is Knowledgeable, dynamic and highly informative… I immediately felt at ease – and felt confident in receiving expert medical care. Staff was great, too. Good overall experience. HIGHLY recommended.

  • Had a very good experience visiting Dr. Nanavati’s clinic. From the appointment to the consulting and follow ups- everything was top notch. Highly recommended. 👍

  • I went to Dr Rishabh Nanavati for my Mother-in-law’s treatment. He was very kind and made her understand the diagnosis and treatment course very well. She is also feeling much better now after just one consultation with Dr Rishabh.

  • Dr Rishabh Nanavati listened to my entire case history patiently and addressed all the questions I had. He is knowledgeable and pragmatic and will not push you into any treatment option(s) unless absolutely necessary - this can be crucial for anyone experiencing arthritis-like symptoms because the treatment and medications are long-term. I strongly recommend him for his expertise in this field.

Our Clinic

At Dr. Nanavati’s Centre for Rheumatology, Mumbai, we provide exceptional care for arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions through diagnostic evaluation and management.

We take pride in providing you comprehensive care by focusing on the symptoms and understanding the root cause of the problem.

With our timely treatment and management, we help you get your functionality and quality of life back, with excellent outcomes. We are committed to ethical care and medical excellence. We aim to provide high standards of patient care at affordable prices.


What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is a sub speciality of medicine which deals with the diseases of the joints, soft tissues ( muscles , tendon and ligaments) and autoimmune immune diseases . Rheumatology was derived from the term Rheumatism which means body pain or joint pain.

Who is a Rheumatologist?

Rheumatologist is a physician doctor who has specialised training in the treatment of various types of arthritis and autoimmune immune diseases.

What is Arthritis?

The word arthritis means inflammation ( swelling, redness, pain) of one or more joints. Arthritis is not a disease by itself but it is symptom of some disease.

What are rheumatic diseases?

Rheumatic diseases are autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that cause the immune system to attack a person’s joints, muscle, bones and organs.

There are a over 100 different types of arthritis. Common rheumatic diseases include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Connective Tissue Diseases like SLE , Sjogren Syndrome and Scleroderma etc..

What are symptoms of arthritis? (rheumatic diseases)
  • Swelling in one or more joints. For instance this might be your wrist , elbow or knee or small joints of hands or feet.
  • Stiffness of the joints lasting for more than 30-45 minutes starting in the morning.
  • Joint pain and tenderness.
  • Inflammation: your joint can look red or feel warm to touch.
When should I see a Rheumatologist?

If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms then a visit to a rheumatologist is required.

It is crucial that  patients get diagnosed in the initial weeks to months following the onset of symptoms, known as the “window of opportunity “ and get appropriate treatment during this time frame to avoid long term complications (joint damage and deformity).

Are there any other side effects of the rheumatic disease?

Rheumatic diseases whether inflammatory or non-inflammatory, can reduce life expectancy and impact quality of life.

Therefore, appropriate treatment is needed to minimize mortality. However, it is recommended that patients with co-morbidities such as hypertension and high blood cholesterol be reviewed regularly.

Should I be worried about the side effects of medications for my Arthritis?

The fear of medication is perfectly reasonable. But this can also be due to lack of information.

People seem to be more scared of the medication than the disease which in actuality should be the other way round.

Side effect of the disease is 100% which if not treated, can lead to joint damage, deformity and significant organ involvement in more serious rheumatic diseases.

Due to fear of potential side effects, patients tend to either discontinue their medications or take them occasionally. This causes the disease to flare or become resistant to the existing medications.

Side effects of any medication is 2-3 % which can be managed with regular follow up and lab parameters.

I have joint pain- Do I visit a Rheumatologist or Orthopaedic Surgeon?

A rheumatologist specialises in the medical aspects of arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders, while an orthopaedic surgeon specialises in injuries or surgical aspect. Ideally one should first visit a Rheumatologist and if required you will be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon.

What is the treatment strategy for rheumatic diseases?

– Prevention

– Early diagnosis and treatment for control of disease

– Containment or Salvage

Providing a holistic well-rounded approach to treatment has been found to be the most effective strategy.