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1. Who is a rheumatologist?
A rheumatologist may be an internal medicine physician or a paediatrician who is further specialized to diagnose and treat muscular, joints or autoimmune diseases similar to rheumatoid arthritis.
2. What diseases does a rheumatologist treat?
A rheumatologist can treat diseases like gout, osteoarthritis, chronic back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, spondyloarthropathies, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus.
3. What are the symptoms for which you need to see a rheumatologist?
You can see a rheumatologist for symptoms like back pain, joint pain, rashes, swelling in joints, itching or dry mouth, repeated fevers, bruising over skin, stiffness in joints or back, etc.
4. Is a rheumatologist, and an orthopaedic doctor the same?
No, an orthopaedic doctor can only treat joint and bones related problems. However, a rheumatologist in addition to musculoskeletal diseases also treats unexplained fever, rashes and systemic autoimmune disorders.
5. Does a rheumatologist treat bone cancer?
A rheumatologist is only specialized in non-surgical treatments. Bone cancer can be treated by an orthopaedic surgeon.
A Rheumatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and systemic autoimmune conditions. They mostly treat inflammatory conditions that affect the joints, bones, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and blood vessels (vasculitis).
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Rheumatologist:
Rheumatologists diagnose and treat rheumatic diseases and conditions, but they do not perform surgery. Treatment options used by most of the Rheumatologists are medications such as anti-rheumatic drugs and NSAIDs(nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), joint injections, and aspirations.
Rheumatologists can treat autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. Some of the medical conditions are:
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs due to wear and tear of the cartilage that leads to joint damage. Genetic susceptibility is the major risk factor for Osteoarthritis. Other risk factors inclu
There is no permanent cure for rheumatoid arthritis. But there are many effective treatment options to prevent joint destruction and disease progression. Initially, anti-inflammatory drugs are needed to slow down the inflammation. However, for the best treatment options that can be used for long term results, one should consult the Rheumatologist.
No, this is a common misbelief. Arthritis can affect any age group and even children. But it is most seen in the age group of 30-50 years and osteoarthritis majorly affects older people.
As Rheumatologists are experts in treating rheumatic diseases, they can provide effective treatment for gout.