What is a Rheumatologist?
Joint pain is referred to as arthritis. There are about 100 different kinds of arthritis. A little over 50 million people suffer from arthritis in the United States. It is time to visit with a rheumatologist, a doctor that specializes in treating inflammatory arthritis and joint disease, when muscle and joint pain does not resolve as expected. Typically, the primary care physician will refer the patient to a rheumatologist. The different kinds of arthritis fall under four types: degenerative arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, infectious arthritis and metabolic arthritis.