Patients who have pain due to arthritis, autoimmune disorders or other diseases may benefit from seeing a rheumatologist.
A rheumatologist is an internist or pediatrician who received further training in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions commonly referred to as rheumatic diseases.
Musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions can affect the joints, muscles, and bones causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity. While everyone experiences muscle and joint pain from time to time, if you have muscle or joint pain that is not going away, you may need to see a rheumatologist.
Rheumatologists can help patients with:
- Connective tissue disease
- Dermatomyositis (inflammation of muscles and skin)
- Gout and pseudogout
- Lyme disease
- Paget’s disease
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)