Rheumatology and Arthritis
What is a Rheumatologist?
A Rheumatologist is a doctor who is qualified by additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Rheumatologists treat arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders and osteoporosis. There are more than 100 types of these diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, back pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. Some of these are very serious diseases that can be difficult to diagnose and treat.
When Should You See a Rheumatologist?
If musculoskeletal pains are not sever or disabling and just last a few days, it makes sense to give the problem a reasonable chance to be resolved. However, sometimes if pain in the joints, muscles or bones is severe or persists for more than a few days, you should see your physician.
Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. Rheumatologists are specially trained to do the detective work necessary to discover the cause of swelling and pain. It’s important to determine a correct diagnosis early so that the appropriate treatment can begin early.
Because some rheumatic diseases are complex, one visit to a rheumatologist may not be enough to determine a diagnosis and course of treatment. These diseases often change or evolve over time. Rheumatology usually involves the continuing care of chronic patients. Dr. Shroff will work closely with you to identify your problem and design an individualized treatment program specifically for you.