For those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune and inflammatory disease, working with a physician to help manage your symptoms can help restore comfort and function to your life. So, what kind of doctor should you see for rheumatoid arthritis? The answer is a rheumatologist. You may first have an appointment with your primary care physician and be referred to a rheumatologist for more in-depth care.
What is a rheumatologist?
A rheumatologist is a physician that has been board certified in internal medicine or pediatrics, who is qualified by specialized training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles, and bones.
What kind of training do rheumatologists have?
After four years of medical school and three years of training in either internal medicine or pediatrics, rheumatologists devote an additional two to three years in specialized rheumatology training. Most rheumatologists who plan to treat patients choose to become board certified. Upon completion of their training, they must pass a rigorous exam conducted by the American Board of Internal Medicine to become certified.
What conditions do rheumatologists treat?
There are more than 100 types of rheumatic diseases, including:
musculoskeletal pain disorders
certain autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, antiphospholipid syndrome, scleroderma
Who is most at risk for developing a rheumatic disease?
Some factors including age, genetics, weight, and smoking can increase a patient’s risk for developing a rheumatic disease. However, it is important to point out that rheumatic diseases affect hundreds of thousands of children and individuals under the age of 65 every year. If you have a family history of rheumatic disease, discuss this with your physician to catch early warning signs of a developing problem with your bones, joints, or muscles.
Telehealth Rheumatologist in Humble, TX
When it comes to getting the care you deserve, the physicians at Wellspire Medical Group are dedicated to finding solutions for your specific needs. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, our physicians are currently offering telehealth appointments in order to help social distancing efforts. We are doing this as a way to reduce patients sharing space. With online appointments with your physician, you can skip the waiting room and see your physician from the comfort of your own home. Contact us today to learn more about the physicians working at our clinics, and to schedule an appointment for your health!
Wellspire Medical Group
Whether you have a medical concern you want to address with a physician or are seeking long-term management and care for a condition you already have been diagnosed with, Wellspire is here for you. We believe every patient deserves a treatment plan that works for their specific needs and lifestyle. At the first sign of an issue, come into one of our two medical facilities. If you do not have an appointment, we will do our best to accommodate you at one of our locations. Wellspire Medical Group proudly serves Atascocita, Humble and surrounding areas. We have been part of Northeast Houston as the Mehta Medical Group for 30 years. Our name change reflects our broader scope of services. In other words, we are working hard to “Inspire Better Health!”
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