If pain in the joints, muscles or bones is severe or persists for more than a few days you should see a physician. Certain conditions like rheumatoid arthritis are important to diagnose early. Often the symptoms are difficult for non-rheumatologists to diagnose.
What will happen when I see a Rheumatologist?
Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. Rheumatologists are specially trained to do the investigative work necessary to determine the underlying condition.
Because rheumatic diseases are complex, one visit to a rheumatologist may not be enough to determine a diagnosis and course of treatment. These diseases often change or evolve over time. Rheumatologists work closely with patients to help identify the problem and design an individualized treatment program. This might involve a number of treatment options that may include mediations, procedures like joint injections, infusions, physical therapy, general supportive care and surgery. Your best treatment combination will depend on the exact nature of your illness, your other medical problems and your other individual needs.