Who is a rheumatologist?
A rheumatologist is a doctor who diagnoses, treats and prevents diseases of the joints and connective tissue. Examination by a rheumatologist is necessary when there is pain or swelling in the joints, a change in their configuration and a feeling of stiffness during movement.
At the initial consultation, the rheumatologist listens to the patient's complaints, examines him/her and examines the medical history (if any). If necessary, the doctor may prescribe additional tests. Special preparation for the appointment of a rheumatologist is not required. But it is advisable not to eat for three hours before the consultation. This will enable the doctor to immediately refer the patient for a blood test. After the diagnosis, the rheumatologist develops an individual treatment regimen.
What diseases does a rheumatologist treat?
A rheumatologist treats diseases that occur with systemic or local damage to the connective tissue. These diseases are associated with impaired immune homeostasis (self-regulation), are often chronic in nature, and can be inflammatory and non-inflammatory.
Rheumatic diseases include:
- ankylosing spondylitis;
- Behcet's disease;
- Lyme disease;
- bursitis (a disease of the periarticular soft tissues);
- true rheumatism;
- acute rheumatic fever;
- gouty, rheumatic and rheumatoid arthritis;
- acquired rheumatic heart defects;
- Raynaud's syndrome;
- systemic lupus erythematosus;
- systemic scleroderma;
- systemic vasculitis;
- mixed connective tissue disease;
Make an appointment with a rheumatologist at the “ON Clinic” Medical Center by calling the phone numbers listed on the website or filling out the online form.