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As a continued part of our total approach to health and well-being, CORE Medical & Wellness is proud to announce that rheumatology services will soon be available. While a visit to a general physician, such as an internist, might be suitable for common illnesses like the cold and flu, appropriate care from a specialist might be just what you need to target and eliminate complex or recurring issues.
What is a Rheumatologist?
Rheumatology is the study of the musculoskeletal system. While dermatologists cure skin diseases and neurologists deal primarily with the nervous system, rheumatologists are specially trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness that affect your bones and muscles. In some cases, their training may also extend to autoimmune disorders, which are conditions that arise due to an overactive immune system.
After completing their four years of medical school and three years of residency, those wishing to specialize in rheumatology attend a fellowship to study for at least two additional years. In this program, the rheumatologist receives specialized training on the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses that affect the autoimmune and musculoskeletal systems. Rheumatologists must then pass a board examination to receive certification. Rheumatologists are also expected to keep their skills and knowledge up to date, and are retested every ten years in order to maintain their practice.
While your muscles or bones may occasionally feel a little sore or tender, chronic pain that continues for an extended period of time might make life difficult. If rest and medication are not working to treat these types of symptoms, it might be time to see a rheumatologist. Because diagnosing illnesses in the musculoskeletal system may not be as easy as simply examining your body for inflammation, a rheumatologist may need to perform several tests to target and treat your pain, including x-rays, MRIs, or blood samples.
Once the precise location and cause of your pain has been identified, a rheumatologist can prescribe medications to help treat or slow any deterioration in your musculoskeletal system. As a part of your treatment, they may also recommend physical therapy or perform injections to help strengthen and heal joints. Rheumatic diseases are difficult to diagnose in a single visit; therefore, you may need several followups for a rheumatologist to correctly identify and treat your rheumatic condition.
Why See a Specialist?
Although it might be true that insurance co-pays for specialty care are generally more expensive than a normal visit to your regular doctor, it’s important to have the knowledge and expertise of a rheumatologist if you suspect you may be suffering from a rheumatic condition. Not only can this save time and money by cutting down on the number of procedures and tests you may need, it may also be critical to stopping the deterioration of joints and muscles, which may lead to irreversible damage if not diagnosed and treated.
Ready to Get Started?
If you’re excited for our upcoming rheumatology services and would like to be one of the first to take advantage of this new opportunity, call CORE Medical & Wellness at 888-521-0688, or contact us online to schedule your appointment!
Dr. Jenny Gartshteyn is board certified in internal medicine and received her M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. She specializes in inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune conditions. Read her full bio here.