What Does a Rheumatology Doctor Treat?

Medically Reviewed on 3/4/2021
A rheumatologist or rheumatology doctor is qualified to treat several rheumatologic diseases
A rheumatologist or rheumatology doctor is qualified to treat several rheumatologic diseases

A rheumatologist or rheumatology doctor is qualified to treat several rheumatologic diseases, including:

Who is a rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine who diagnoses and treats arthritis and autoimmune illnesses. They mainly treat people with pain and disorders of the

  • Joints.
  • Muscles.
  • Bones.
  • Other connective tissues.

Many rheumatologists are involved in research to find the cause and suggest enhanced treatment for rheumatic disease.

What training does a rheumatologist receive?

Rheumatologists must complete the following training:

  • They should complete 4 years of medical or osteopathic education.
  • They should complete 3 years of residency training in either internal medicine or pediatrics.
  • After residency, they must enroll in a 2- or 3-year rheumatology fellowship.
  • Finally, they should take a board examination to become board certified in rheumatology.
  • They should repeat the board examination every 10 years.

What to expect during a visit to a rheumatologist?

When you visit a rheumatologist, they will perform the following procedure:

  • They will gather your medical history.
  • They will perform a thorough examination to look for signs of inflammation throughout your body.
  • They will order for an X-ray or other laboratory tests. They will review the results of these tests and previous tests, if performed, and combine them to determine the source of your symptoms.
  • They may develop a treatment plan based on your symptoms and causes.
  • Treatment options may include:
    • Medications
    • Physical therapy
    • Referral to other specialists
    • Joint/tendon injection

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Medically Reviewed on 3/4/2021
References
https://www.medicinenet.com/rheumatology/article.htm#what_can_patients_expect_during_a_visit_with_a_rheumatologist

https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Health-Care-Team/What-is-a-Rheumatologist

https://arapc.com/see-rheumatologist/