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When to See a Rheumatologist for Your Back Pain

What is a Rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist is a board certified MD who specializes in diseases of the joints – in other words, arthritis. While you can go to a rheumatologist for osteoarthritis of the spine, this branch of medicine is particularly noted for its diagnosis and treatment of systemic, autoimmune and inflammatory forms of the disease.

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When to See A Rheumatologist?

Most of the time common muscle aches, pains or injuries are not serious. But if your joints hurt and especially if the signs of inflammation (redness, swelling, pain, stiffness, and loss of joint function), don’t subside after a day or two, you may need to see a doctor.

Usually, the journey to the rheumatologist’s office starts with an appointment with your primary care doctor. After evaluating you, she can refer you to a rheumatologist if she thinks it’s necessary. Whether you need a rheumatologist or not, remember that the earlier you see your primary care doctor, the easier it will likely be to heal from or manage your condition.

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) cautions that autoimmune disorders and rheumatic diseases run in families. They say if any of your family members (even if they are not in your immediate family) have or had an autoimmune disorder or rheumatic disease, or if your symptoms get much worse over a short period of time, your doctor should refer you to a rheumatologist earlier rather than later.

The ACR also says that if your primary care physician gives you some medication, this can temporarily improve things, but once you stop the symptoms will likely return.
In this case, you may need to see a rheumatologist dubai.

Problem is, taking these medications between the time you see your primary care doc and your first appointment with the rheumatologist may make getting an accurate diagnosis more challenging. The other thing about taking the temporary medication is that for some people, it can make for a delay (or procrastination.) This delay may result in irreversible damage to your joints. The same is true, the ACR says, if you don’t get the proper treatment.

If you notice any of the above symptoms, we recommend you book an appointment with our specialist rheumatologist (MBBCh, MS, MD), Dr.Ehab Saad Mostafa. His expertise are listed below:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythomatosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Autoimmune myositis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Non- Surgical Back pain Management
  • Intra-articular Injections

Call +971 433 87878 or click here to book your appointment.

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