Achy, swollen, and stiff?
If these adjectives describe you, there is a chance you could be suffering from arthritis. The first step to assessing these symptoms is to visit your primary care physician (PCP). If your pain persists after visiting your PCP, you might be wondering what you should do next. It could be time to visit your local Rheumatologist.
A Rheumatologist is a physician who specializes in the care of patients who are experiencing symptoms of arthritis, marked by inflammation and pain in the joints, muscles, bones, or tissue fibers. Rheumatologists also take care of those suffering from autoimmune diseases that cause the body to become inflamed in areas affecting the eyes, skin, nervous system, and internal organs.
When considering scheduling a visit with a Rheumatologist, consider the following things:
• Keep in mind you must see your primary care physician first, and if they deem necessary, they will refer you to a Rheumatologist.
• If your symptoms decrease with a prescription given by your primary care physician, and your physician did not refer you to a Rheumatologist, trust them and save yourself a visit to the doctor’s office!
• If symptoms worsen or continue, find out if your past family members suffer from arthritis… this puts you at higher risk, as diseases and conditions such as arthritis run in families.
• However, if symptoms are not stopping with medication, and you are feeling increasingly worried, do not delay scheduling an appointment with a Rheumatologist. Take care of your body!
Trust your doctors, and trust yourself! Make an appointment with one of MMC’s Rheumatology Specialists today. Call 615.867.8200 to make an appointment, or go to our website.
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