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The branch of medicine which is concerned with the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases is known as rheumatology. Diseases that affect the joints, bones, muscles, and ligaments are known as rheumatic diseases or musculoskeletal diseases. These disorders are generally mediated by the immune system. Doctors who specialise in the treatment of rheumatic diseases are known as rheumatologists.
Who is a rheumatologist?
Rheumatologists are doctors who diagnose and treat patients with immune-mediated disorders of the musculoskeletal system, autoimmune diseases, soft tissues, and inherited connective tissue disorders.
What do rheumatologists do?
Rheumatologists treat diseases related to the immune system. Some of the conditions they treat are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus, gout, back pain, and tendinitis.
How to consult a rheumatologist doctor online?
To consult a rheumatologist online, click on the ‘Online Doctor Consultation’ section on the Apollo 24/7 app or website. Then type ‘Rheumatology’ in the search bar to find a list of rheumatologists along with their consultation timings. Choose one that suits your requirements and click on the ‘Consult’ button to book an appointment with a rheumatologist.
Does a rheumatologist treat all kinds of rheumatic disease-related problems?
Yes, rheumatologists treat all kinds of immune-mediated disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Such disorders are known as rheumatic diseases.
When should I consult a rheumatologist?
You should consult a rheumatologist if you have been diagnosed with arthritis or suffer from joint pain and swelling.
What do we call a rheumatologist in simple words?
Rheumatologists are simply doctors who treat patients with joint pain and muscle pain.
Can I consult with a rheumatologist doctor anytime?
Yes, on Apollo 24/7, you can consult a rheumatologist any time. Our rheumatologists are available round-the-clock for online consultations. Just pick your preferred slot and book a consultation.
How do I choose the best rheumatologist doctors in India?
Apollo 24/7 has the best rheumatologists in India who are available round-the-clock to offer you an online consultation. All our doctors are highly-qualified and experienced to ensure that all your health conditions are taken care of.
Does video consultation available with all rheumatologists?
Yes, all rheumatologists on the 24/7 platform offer video call consultations.
What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
When the immune system attacks your own tissues and causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, it leads to rheumatoid arthritis. Its symptoms are stiffness in the joints (particularly in the morning), swelling and pain in multiple joints, fatigue, issues in other organs like the lungs and eyes, and lumps.
What are some of the conditions treated by rheumatologists?
Rheumatologists treat a variety of rheumatic disorders which include osteoarthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), scleroderma, gout, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoporosis, infectious arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatic, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
What is the difference between a rheumatologist and orthopaedist?
Many people get confused on whether they should see a rheumatologist or orthopaedist as both of them treat disorders related to joints, bones, and muscles. However, they are different in terms of the way they treat these disorders. A rheumatologist provides non-surgical treatment options like medications to treat joint disorders. On the other hand, an orthopaedist specialises in the surgical treatment of such disorders and managing fractures.
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