Rheumatologists are internal medicine physicians specially trained to diagnose and treat different kinds of musculoskeletal disease and autoimmune conditions that affect the body’s joints, bones, muscles, and connective tissue. They specialize in managing localized and generalized pain as well as considering the social and emotional impact of a disease or condition and work with their patients as they develop treatment plans.
With over 100 different kinds of arthritis and related disorders, some of the most common examples include: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Chronic back pain, Lupus, Tendinitis, Gout, and Psoriatic arthritis.
Many rheumatic diseases are very difficult to diagnose so they may require more than one appointment, A complete physical check up to search for inflammation or joint swelling will be performed along with a full medical and family history. Blood test and X-rays may also be ordered to fully pinpoint a diagnosis. It’s very important to communicate all of your symptoms and ask questions.