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What types of healthcare providers are involved in treating osteoarthritis?

The types of healthcare providers involved in the treatment of osteoarthritis include:

  • a primary healthcare provider
  • a physical therapist
  • a rheumatologist (a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders that affect the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones)
  • a physiatrist (a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and management of injuries and diseases causing pain, loss of function and disability)

The main healthcare providers involved in treating osteoarthritis are primary care providers. These include family doctors, sports medicine doctors and internists. Specialists such as orthopedic surgeons and physiatrists are also adept at treating osteoarthritis.

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