What Is Rheumatology? 

Rheumatology is a branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting joints, bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. A rheumatologist is a doctor who has received advanced training in this field and understands the causes of rheumatic diseases.

A rheumatologist will use medication and non-surgical therapies to treat inflammatory autoimmune disorders. You might be referred to a rheumatologist if you begin to experience joint pain or a sudden swelling without any prior injury.

At Mercy, our rheumatic specialists are dedicated to treating your condition with empathy and understanding. We're committed to helping you manage symptoms effectively, so you can continue to get the most out of life. 


When Should I See a Rheumatologist? 

Oftentimes, rheumatic diseases, like osteoarthritis, aren't easily identified in early stages. If you have musculoskeletal pain that lasts for more than just a few days, it's usually a good idea to consult a Mercy doctor for help.

Rheumatologists are experts at detecting the root cause of persistent pain or swelling. This is a necessary first step before discussing any treatment plan moving forward or referring you to another Mercy specialist for further testing.

Once you've seen a rheumatologist at Mercy, you'll be able to message them directly on MyMercy, a free app that helps you conveniently access information related to your care. 

Get Care for Rheumatic Diseases at Mercy

A Mercy rheumatologist is board-certified and trained to treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including: 

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lupus
  • Gout
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tendonitis
  • Back pain

Our rheumatologists use the latest technologies, including infusion therapy, soft tissue injection and joint aspirations, to help manage your condition. They might also suggest other non-surgical treatment options such as: 

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Blood transfusions
  • Hydration therapy 

Your specific treatment plan will depend on many factors, including your overall health, personal preferences and autoimmune condition.

After your visit, it's possible that your rheumatologist might refer you to an orthopedic specialist for another form of treatment or therapy. Thanks to our vast network of doctors and caregivers, seeing another Mercy specialist in a timely manner is straightforward and easy.

Your care team will come up with a plan that makes sense for you and your lifestyle, helping you manage your symptoms to the best of your ability. We'll monitor your condition while you're taking certain medications or performing physical therapy, adjusting treatment as needed.

Living with a rheumatic disease can be physically and emotionally painful. Our devoted rheumatologists are committed to providing you with excellent and compassionate care throughout your time at Mercy. It's an honor and a privilege to care for you.  

Whether you need an expert opinion about some new joint pain or need a hand managing long-term symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, a skilled Mercy rheumatologist is here to help you every step of the way. Make an appointment today to see a specialist near you. 

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