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When to See a Rheumatologist?

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When to See a Rheumatologist?

When Joint Pain Means a Visit to a Rheumatologist

While everyone experiences musculoskeletal aches and pains now and then, having persistent pain means you should see a specialist. The orthopedic health experts at Fox Valley Orthopedics are here to help you to determine if seeing a rheumatologist may help you to find some much-needed relief.

What is a Rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist is an internist or pediatrician who has additional training and experience in diagnosing and treating arthritic conditions. Typically a rheumatologist will work with a team of physicians, focusing specifically on diseases that affect the bones, joints, and muscles.

Conditions Rheumatologists Treat

While there are over 100 different conditions that rheumatologists can treat, here are a few most common rheumatic conditions:

  • Chronic back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Autoimmune diseases like lupus and scleroderma

Symptoms that May Warrant a Visit

When experiencing musculoskeletal pain that lasts for more than a few days, you may want to make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist. In most cases, treatment is most effective in the early stages of disease. If you notice any of the following symptoms, setting up an appointment with a rheumatologist can get you on the path toward recovery:

  • Joint pain
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Joint stiffness
  • Tenderness of the affected joint
  • Joints feeling warm
  • Redness of the affected joint
  • Inability to move the affected joint
  • Limited mobility of the joint
  • Fatigue

With many rheumatic conditions, they can lead to more extensive joint damage if left unaddressed. Be sure to reach out to your orthopedic care team right when you begin noticing symptoms rather than waiting.

Orthopedic Care in Fox Valley

At Fox Valley Orthopedics, we can help you get back to a pain-free, comfortable life. If you have been dealing with aches and pains that have lasted for more than a week, don’t put off getting help another day. Call (630) 584-1400 today to schedule your appointment.