What is a Rheumatologist?
A rheumatologist is an internal medicine specialist who has additional training when it comes to diagnosing and treating arthritis and similar diseases that affect the joints, muscles, and bones. On top of their medical degree and internal medicine training, rheumatologists spend an additional two or three years training in rheumatology. When they finish this training, many take an American Board of Internal Medicine exam which certifies them in the field of rheumatology. They must renew this certification every ten years in order to make sure they are up to par with the latest research and methods.
South Florida’s First Practice for Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
The training a rheumatologist receives allows them to diagnose and treat arthritis, some autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, and osteoporosis. There are many variations of each of these, some of which are difficult to diagnose and treat. This is why having a rheumatologist in South Florida who has been specially trained can be beneficial for these types of diseases. Other doctors may confuse the symptoms of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout or lupus with less serious illnesses, which can delay treatment. Doctors who specialize in rheumatology in Broward County, will likely have extensive experience with related disorders. This gives them a better chance at diagnosing and treating the illness faster.
Our Providers are the First Rheumatologists in Broward County
If you are experiencing musculoskeletal pain that has not been temporary, you should talk to your physician who can rule out other illnesses. After this, they can refer you to an experienced rheumatologist in your area like our providers. A rheumatologist will have the knowledge and experience necessary to diagnose the cause of your pain and swelling, so that treatment can begin as early as possible. Many of the disorders they specialize in are best treated in the earlier stages. Even if your illness has progressed to the later stages, they will be able to discuss a treatment plan with you that will help to relieve your symptoms, so that you can go back to your daily routine.