What is a rheumatologist?
A rheumatologist is a medical specialist in diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. They treat conditions such as autoimmune diseases, muscular and skeletal disorders, arthritis and osteoporosis. Rheumatologists have multiple years of specialized training in these conditions after completing medical school and training in internal medicine.
When should I see a rheumatologist?
Prevention and early diagnosis are the most effective tools for combating muscle and bone disorders, so seeing a rheumatologist regularly is highly recommended. We have the equipment and specialized training necessary to detect muscular and skeletal problems in their early stages, and can potentially save you more costly or inconvenient procedures down the road if these conditions are left untreated. Schedule a consultation with us to assess your risk for bone or joint disorders, and we can recommend a more specific guideline for check-ups with our office.
If my parents had arthritis, will I have it too?
Some forms of arthritis may have a genetic relationship. However, having parents with arthritis does not always mean you will develop it as well. There are many factors that can contribute to arthritis which is why you should consult a rheumatolgist for an evaluation.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease which causes bones to weaken. By age 40, bone mass begins to decline slowly and can lead to loss of height and increased risk of fractures. During and after menopause, women will lose bone mass at a faster rate because of a drop in estrogen levels. Vitamin D, Calcium and exercise can help slow bone loss.