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Rheumatologist

The rheumatologist is a medical physician who specializes in the diagnosis and non-surgical care of rheumatologic illness and joint disorders. They typically have special interest and training in the evaluation and care of unexplained rashes, fevers, joint inflammation, and muscle pain. They are also experienced in the evaluation and care of autoimmune disorders. A rheumatologist may be asked to provide specialty consultation during the course of spinecare.

Rheumatologists must complete a rigorous course of educational and training requirements. They typically complete at least four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school, and three to eight years of additional training in internship, residencies, and in some cases fellowship programs. They have particular experience in the evaluation and care of over 100 different forms of arthritis, many of which can afflict the spine. They also have unique expertise regarding the use of various pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory approaches which may be required in the care of chronic and complex spine disorders.

For more information about the role and responsibilities of a Rheumatologist, please refer to the website of the American College of Rheumatology at http://www.rheumatology.org/.


To locate and learn about rheumatologists who are members of the American Academy of Spine Physicians go to the International Directory of Spinecare Professionals. The directory also identifies those who have achieved credentialed status (Diplomate or Fellow) with the American Academy of Spine Physicians.




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