- Rheumatologist: Doctor who specializes in arthritis and related conditions.
- Orthopedist: Doctor who specializes in conditions affecting the bones and muscles.
- Physical therapist: Health professional who can help you develop and implement a plan to become more active and to relieve pain and stiffness.
- Nutritionist: Health practitioner who can help to develop a nutrition and diet plan that works for you.
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredThe following health professionals can help treat your rheumatoid arthritis:Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
RealAge answeredThe following healthcare professionals treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA):
- Primary care physicians are generally the first point of contact. If your physician suspects your symptoms indicate rheumatoid arthritis, he or she may diagnose you or refer you to a rheumatologist for diagnosis and further care.
- Rheumatologists specialize in treating RA and related conditions. The latest recommendations for managing RA advise seeing a rheumatologist as soon as possible, generally within a month or two of first experiencing symptoms.
- Nurses can help manage rheumatoid arthritis on an everyday basis. They may act as liaisons between you and your rheumatologist, help with treatment plans, and provide information and care.
- Occupational therapists teach you how to protect your joints, minimize pain, and conserve energy while going about everyday tasks, from getting dressed to carrying groceries.
- Physical therapists (or physiotherapists) work with you to improve joint function and reduce pain using exercises, relaxation techniques, heat, cold, and other nondrug treatments.
- Physiatrists are doctors who specialize in physical rehabilitation. Their goal is to help you maintain or regain as much function as possible.
- Psychologists and social workers can help you cope with the effects of living with a chronic condition. Cognitive-behavioral therapy may help relieve pain; social workers can assist with the practicalities of disability, home healthcare, and other issues.
- Orthopedic surgeons specialize in treating bones, joints, muscles, and tendons and perform procedures such as joint injections and joint replacements.