What is a rheumatologist?

The American College of Rheumatology has a great overview of what a rheumatologist is and when you should consider seeing one.

A rheumatologist is an internist or pediatrician who is qualified by additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Many rheumatologists conduct research to determine the cause and better treatments for these disabling and sometimes fatal diseases.

What Do Rheumatologists Treat?

Rheumatologists treat arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders and osteoporosis. There are more than 100 types of these diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, back pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. Some of these are very serious diseases that can be difficult to diagnose and treat.

When Should You See a Rheumatologist?

If musculoskeletal pains are not severe or disabling and last just a few days, it makes sense to give the problem a reasonable chance to be resolved. But sometimes, pain in the joints, muscles or bones is severe or persists for more than a few days. At that point, you should see your physician.

Seeing a Rheumatologist in a Social Security case:

Seeing a specialist can often be critical in the Social Security case.

A rheumatologist can be especially helpful if you’re filing for disability because of arthritis or fibromyalgia. I have often seen Social Security reject a fibromyalgia diagnosis because the primary care provider’s records did not discuss specific findings or tender points

A rheumatologist can do the following:

  • Confirm the diagnosis
  • Evaluate severity of your symptoms
  • Provide an opinion of the limitations caused by the condition
This can make the difference of whether you win or lose your case. 

Via “What is a Rheumatologist?”.

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  • http://www.local-solicitors.com/compensation-claim-companies.html CompensationUK

    Here … I also found this explanation:
    A rheumatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in arthritis and related diseases. Most often, a patient is referred to a rheumatologist by their primary care physician after presenting symptoms of arthritis. When preparing for the first appointment with the rheumatologist, there are primarily three things for the patient to consider:
    # What should the patient take to the first appointment?
    # What can the patient expect?
    # What questions should the patient be prepared to ask?

  • http://theherbprof.com Paul Blake ND

    Dear Doctor,
    We all know that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and they very interesting, there are aprox 80 to 100 at this time with another 40 waiting for a name. Medical science cannot explain why and has not found a cure for even one. Some of the way you can trigger one of them just by having an auto accident, taking aspirin or by starting a new exercise routine says latest research. Naturopathic medicine says, “Look for the root cause. The cause is in the basics; beginning with what is on your fork, what toxins are in your body, what exercise do you do, what stress is in your life, what is your spiritual base”. Our arrogance has led us down the wrong path we better stop and take a close look at what is happening. Autoimmune disease is the worst kind of contradiction; for an RA your system is attacking you at your own joints, a world upside down. God bless you in your search.

  • http://theherbprof.com Paul Blake ND

    Dear Doctor,
    We all know that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and they very interesting, there are aprox 80 to 100 at this time with another 40 waiting for a name. Medical science cannot explain why and has not found a cure for even one. Some of the way you can trigger one of them just by having an auto accident, taking aspirin or by starting a new exercise routine says latest research. Naturopathic medicine says, “Look for the root cause. The cause is in the basics; beginning with what is on your fork, what toxins are in your body, what exercise do you do, what stress is in your life, what is your spiritual base”. Our arrogance has led us down the wrong path we better stop and take a close look at what is happening. Autoimmune disease is the worst kind of contradiction; for an RA your system is attacking you at your own joints, a world upside down. God bless you in your search.

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