What is a Rheumatologist?
A rheumatologist is an internist who is qualified by additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Rheumatologists treat arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal disorders and osteoporosis. There are more than 100 types of these diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, back discomfort, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. Some of these are very serious diseases that can be difficult to diagnosis and treat.
When Should You See a Rheumatologist?
Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. Rheumatologists are specially trained to do the detective work necessary to discover the cause of swelling and discomfort. It is important to determine a correct diagnosis early, so your rheumatologist can initiate appropriate treatment. Some musculoskeletal disorders respond best to treatment in the early stages of the disease.
What You Can Expect
- Patient assessment. Our rheumatologists gather a detailed, comprehensive assessment of your overall health, medical history, complaints, medications and lifestyle.
- Diagnostic tests. At Pinnacle Medical Group, our rheumatologists administer state-of-the-art diagnostic tests, including blood analysis and X-ray imaging.
- Early detection and treatment. One of our primary concerns is early detection and treatment to help you live a happier, healthier life.
- Treatment plans. You can expect tailored treatment plans that include medications, lifestyle changes, infusions and other remedies.
- Coordination of other specialty care
- State-of-the-art facilities
- Comprehensive patient education and self-care instruction