A rheumatologist is an internal medicine physician specializing in the inflammatory (rheumatic) disease. It’s common to think of rheumatologists when it comes to arthritis. But they treat many other conditions, including tendon issues, muscle injuries and rare, inherited disorders. This medical specialty deals with musculoskeletal conditions and autoimmune and inflammatory conditions in people of all ages. Many of these conditions may run in families.
Rheumatologists diagnose, treat and manage a broad range of conditions, including inflammatory (rheumatic) disorders that affect muscles, joints and bones; connective tissue diseases that affect supporting structures like your ligaments and tendons and may involve the skin and other organs; and autoimmune diseases that happen when your immune system attacks healthy tissue.
Sometimes, pain in the joints, muscles or bones is severe or persists for more than a few days. At that point, you should see your physician. Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. It's important to determine a correct diagnosis early so that appropriate treatment can begin early. Some musculoskeletal disorders respond best to treatment in the early stages of the disease.
We help diagnose diseases of the joints, muscles and bones, such as:
UP Medical Group – Portage Rheumatology is a department of UP Health System. When you see a physician or receive services in a provider-based clinic, you are technically being treated in an outpatient department of the hospital rather than the physician’s office. Please refer to “Understanding your Healthcare Costs” to learn how your bill may be affected when seen by a provider in a provider-based clinic.
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