Our Specialties > Rheumatology
What is a Rheumatologist?
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.
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.
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 pain. It's important to
determine a correct diagnosis early so that appropriate
treatment can begin early. Some musculoskeletal disorders
respond best to treatment in the early stages of the
Because some rheumatic diseases are complex, one visit to
a rheumatologist may not be enough to determine a diagnosis
and course of treatment. These diseases often change or
evolve over time. Rheumatologists work closely with patients
to identify the problem and design an individualized