Rheumatologists are doctors who diagnose and manage conditions that cause pain, swelling and/or inflammation in the bones, joints or muscles. These symptoms can be the result of age, injury or overuse. They can also result from genetic, autoimmune or even infectious illnesses. It's important to identify the reason for musculoskeletal pain early on.
Experience joint pain or swelling?
Everyone feels achy sometimes, especially with age. But if it’s often hard for you to do the things you want and need to do, a rheumatologist may be able to help.
- Arthritis and other disorders of the musculoskeletal system
- Autoimmune disorders that typically affect the musculoskeletal system
- Osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases
Arthritis Types and Treatments
The most common condition that rheumatologists treat is arthritis, of which there are many types. Our team focuses on lifestyle modification, medications and sometimes surgery, always with the goal of allowing you to continue enjoying and functioning normally in life.
Osteoarthritis, the most universal form of arthritis, refers to the pain and stiffness you feel as your joint cartilage becomes worn and damaged. This form of arthritis is part of the natural process of aging, but can also develop as a consequence of sports injuries, overuse syndromes and/or obesity. By the age of 85, virtually all individuals are affected by arthritis in one way or another. The pain from osteoarthritis is typically aggravated by use of the affected joints and improves with rest.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic and progressive form of arthritis. An autoimmune condition, rheumatoid arthritis differs from osteoarthritis in that its root cause is inflammation, not degeneration. About 1.5 million American adults (including three times as many women as men) have rheumatoid arthritis.
Other conditions that rheumatologists treat include:
The Stamford Health Medical Group Rheumatology team promises to provide attentive and personalized care to patients in our community. We are proud of our top, renowned medical providers, all board certified and supported by excellent administrative staff.