What is a Rheumatologist?

Rheumatologist in Haddon Heights, NJ

What is a Rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist is a board-certified medical specialist who has additional training beyond medical school. A rheumatologist focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune disorders affecting the muscles, joints, and bones.

What Conditions Do Rheumatologists Treat?

Rheumatologists diagnose and treat conditions caused by inflammation or an overactive immune system. These conditions include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Scleroderma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Musculoskeletal pain disorders

When Should I See a Rheumatologist?

You should seek out the expertise of a rheumatologist if you:

  • Experience muscle and joint pain or swelling that doesn’t go away or is getting worse
  • Have been diagnosed with arthritis or an inflammatory condition
  • Have blood tests indicating possible autoimmune or inflammatory conditions
  • You are experiencing muscle or joint pain, fatigue, and other symptoms for an unknown cause

How Does a Rheumatologist Diagnose Conditions?

A rheumatologist uses several diagnostic tools to aid in diagnosis. Laboratory testing of blood is one of the most important diagnostic tools. Imaging studies including X-rays, MRI, CT scans, and others help provide a complete picture of joint and muscle damage to help with diagnosis.

What to Expect During Your Visit With a Rheumatologist

When you visit a rheumatologist, your specialist will:

  • Perform a comprehensive physical examination
  • Review your complete medical history and your family’s medical history
  • Order blood tests and other laboratory tests to aid in diagnosis
  • Order imaging studies including X-rays, MRI, and CT scans to aid in the diagnosis

Treatments Offered by a Rheumatologist

After your rheumatologist has made a diagnosis, your specialist will develop a comprehensive treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and help you manage your condition. Your rheumatologist may recommend:

  • Anti-inflammatory and pain medication to relieve swelling and pain
  • Immune-suppressing medications to reduce inflammation
  • Physical therapy to help keep you flexible and mobile
  • Lifestyle modifications to your diet, exercise, and other factors
  • Counseling and discussion to help you manage your symptoms

To find out more about how a rheumatologist can help you, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Mark Fisher in Haddon Heights, NJ serving residents of Haddon Heights, South Jersey, Gloucester County, and Camden County, NJ. You can reach him in the office by calling (856) 547-8004, so call today.