What will rheumatologist Do on first visit? “The first visit will include a physical exam in which your rheumatologist will search for joint swelling or nodules that may indicate inflammation,” says Dr. Smith. “Lab tests, such as X-rays and blood work, may also supply pieces of the puzzle to assist your rheumatologist in arriving at your diagnosis.”
Why Do you see a rheumatologist? Rheumatologists diagnose, treat and manage a broad range of conditions, including: Inflammatory (rheumatic) disorders that affect muscles, joints and bones. Connective tissue diseases that affect supporting structures like your ligaments and tendons, and may involve the skin and other organs.
What does a rheumatologist treat? A rheumatologist is an internist or pediatrician who received further training in the diagnosis (detection), and treatment of diseases that affect the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. These diseases can cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and potentially cause joint deformities.
What are rheumatic diseases? Rheumatic diseases are autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that cause your immune system to attack your joints, muscles, bones and organs. Rheumatic diseases are often grouped under the term “arthritis” — which is used to describe over 100 diseases and conditions.