A rheumatologist is a physician that is an expert at treating musculoskeletal and certain autoimmune conditions.
A rheumatologist is a board-certified specialist who after initial training in internal medicine, qualified by pursuing additional training in management of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases.
Rheumatologists treat over 100 different kinds of conditions including Gout, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Uveitis, Giant Cell Arteritis, Osteoporosis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Spondyloarthropathy, CPPD Disease (Pseudogout), Still Disease, Autoimmune diseases such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Myositis.
You should ideally start with your primary care physician, depending on the severity and urgency of your symptoms it may be necessary to see a rheumatologist first. Here are instances when you should see a rheumatologist. Joint pain and swelling. You have been told you have a rheumatologic condition. Abnormal autoimmune lab tests and inflammation markers. You have seen a number of physicians and still do not know what is wrong, sometimes rheumatologic conditions are ...