1. Who is a rheumatologist?
A rheumatologist is a specialist physician who deals with the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and autoimmune disorders that are commonly known as rheumatic diseases. These diseases affect the joints, tendons, bones, muscles, and other connective tissues.
2. What diseases does a rheumatologist treat?
Some of the diseases that a rheumatologist treat are:
Chronic back pain
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
3. What are the symptoms for which you need to see a rheumatologist?
Some of the symptoms for which you may need to see a rheumatologist are:
Loss of motion in joints
4. Is a rheumatologist, and an orthopaedic doctor the same?
A rheumatologist and an orthopaedic doctor are not the same. Both rheumatologists and orthopaedics focus on diseases related to a persons muscles, joints, and bones. However, a rheumatologist treats these diseases with the use of medications and other non-surgical methods. An orthopaedist, on the other hand, specialises in surgical treatments and also, in managing fractures.
5. Does a rheumatologist treat bone cancer?
A rheumatologist is not qualified to treat bone cancer. A team of doctors may usually be involved in the treatment of bone cancer, which may include an orthopaedic surgeon, an orthopaedic oncologist, a radiation oncologist and a medical oncologist.