Rheumatology is a medical specialty that involves the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Those diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, myositis, polymyalgia rheumatica and tendinitis.
What Do Rheumatologists Do?
Rheumatologists diagnosis and treat musculoskeletal diseases and systemic autoimmune conditions, which are often referred to as rheumatic diseases.
When Should I See a Rheumatologist?
Everyone experiences joint and muscle pain throughout their lives. When this pain does not resolve, becomes chronic and/or you start experiencing symptoms of arthritis (joint pain, stiffness, swelling, etc.) further evaluation may be necessary. Usually your primary care physician will give you your first examination then refer you to a rheumatologists for further diagnosis and treatment.
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