A rheumatologist is a board-certified internist or pediatrician who, through additional training and experience, is qualified to diagnose and treat arthritis and other joint, muscle, and bone disorders.
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What training do rheumatologists have?
Rheumatologist, she studied medicine for 4 years, followed by 3 years training in internal medicine or pediatrics, followed by 2-3 years of specialized training in rheumatology. Most rheumatologists who wish to treat patients choose to become certified. After completing your training, you must pass a rigorous exam administered by the American Board of Internal Medicine to become certified.
What do rheumatologists treat?
There are over 100 types of rheumatic diseases and other conditions treated by rheumatologists, including:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- musculoskeletal pain
- back pain
Certain autoimmune diseases such as lupus, antiphospholipid syndrome, and scleroderma
When should I see a rheumatologist?
Joint, muscle, and bone pain can be severe and last for more than a few days. At this point, you should seek medical attention. Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easily recognizable in the early stages. Rheumatologists are specially trained to perform the investigative work necessary to determine the cause of swelling and pain. Early and accurate diagnosis is important so that appropriate treatment can be started early. Some musculoskeletal disorders respond best to treatment during the early stages of the disease. These diseases often change or evolve over time. Rheumatologists work closely with patients to identify problems and design individual treatment programs.
How do rheumatologists work with other health professionals?
The role rheumatologists play in the healthcare system depends on several factors and needs. Rheumatologists usually work with other doctors and sometimes act as consultants to advise another doctor about a particular diagnosis and treatment plan. In other situations, rheumatologists act as administrators and are assisted by a number of qualified professionals, including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and social her workers. Teamwork is important because rheumatic diseases of the musculoskeletal system are chronic. Health care providers can help people with musculoskeletal disorders and their families cope with the life changes that the disorder brings.
With the nation’s largest group of rheumatologists, HSS is a global leader in the research and treatment of rheumatic diseases. HSS embraces the philosophy of comprehensive care. The rheumatologist will refer you to a team of experienced orthopedic surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, psychological support services, and non-traditional health care providers as needed. You can also participate in one of the clinical trials. This allows early access to new drugs under investigation.