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If joint pain, do I see orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist?

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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Rheumatologist

You need a clear diagnosis and both of these types of physicians can do that.
We send people to see orthopedic doctors for surgery most of the time but on occasion to help with a diagnosis. Our job to is to screen for inflammatory and non- inflammatory physicians. You orthopedist will not want to treat inflammatory arthritis. Once there are mechanical problems identified then their role !

In brief: Rheumatologist

You need a clear diagnosis and both of these types of physicians can do that.
We send people to see orthopedic doctors for surgery most of the time but on occasion to help with a diagnosis. Our job to is to screen for inflammatory and non- inflammatory physicians. You orthopedist will not want to treat inflammatory arthritis. Once there are mechanical problems identified then their role !
Dr. John Goldman
Dr. John Goldman
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Rheumatologist

See a rheumatologist.
Most pain problems involving the musculoskeletal system do not require surgery. Also, an inflammatory arthritis always needs to be excluded.

In brief: Rheumatologist

See a rheumatologist.
Most pain problems involving the musculoskeletal system do not require surgery. Also, an inflammatory arthritis always needs to be excluded.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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