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  • A rheumatology doctor, or rheumatologist, is a specialist trained to treat and diagnose arthritis, as well as other diseases of the bones, muscles or joints. Other rheumatologists specialize in research associated with these diseases.

    Facts

    According to the American College of Rheumatology, rheumatologists are doctors of internal medicine or pediatrics who undergo two or three added years of training in rheumatoid diseases. Most rheumatologists seek board certification, a process requiring rigorous testing and examination.

    Rheumatic Diseases

    Rheumatologists treat more than 100 separate diseases, including gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, tendonitis, musculoskeletal disorders, autoimmune disorders and fibromyalgia.

    Pediatric Rheumatologists

    Pediatric rheumatologists treat children with symptoms of musculoskeletal disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics cites specific rheumatology-related diseases in children that include post-infectious arthritis, chronic vasculitis, Kawasaki disease and inflammatory disorders that affect the eyes, muscles or other areas of the body.

    Rheumatologist's Role

    Depending on the nature of the illness involved, rheumatologists may assume a lead role in treatment or advise other physicians on certain aspects of treatment.

    Significance

    Rheumatologists receive special training to detect the underlying causes of pain and inflammation. Early diagnosis and treatment may help prevent the development of disease complications.

    Source:

    American College of Rheumatology: What Is a Rheumatologist?

    American Academy of Pediatrics/HealthyChildren.org: What Is a Pediatric Rheumatologist?

    More Information:

    New York Online Access to Health: Arthritis and Rheumatoid Disorders

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