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Your Healthcare Team for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Your Healthcare Team for Rheumatoid Arthritis

A rheumatologist is a doctor who specializes in treating RA and similar diseases. For best results, see a rheumatologist within 1 to 2 months of your first RA symptoms. Other healthcare providers you may see include:

  • Primary care doctor (general care and referrals to rheumatologists or other specialists)
  • Nurse (help at or between doctor appointments)
  • Occupational or physical therapist
  • Psychologist or social worker (behavioral therapy and support)
  • Orthopedic surgeon

Medically reviewed in January 2019.

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