Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Rheumatology
Rheumatology is the specialty that diagnosis and treats rheumatic diseases.
These diseases affect your musculoskeletal and autoimmune system, meaning
that your joints, muscles and bones may display symptoms such as swelling,
stiffness, pain or deformity, depending on your specific condition. At
Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Rheumatology, a strategic affiliate
of Southeast Georgia Health System, our rheumatologists will evaluate
your symptoms, diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan to
help alleviate those symptoms.
Rheumatology encompasses a variety of diseases and disorders; our rheumatologists
provide inpatient and outpatient services and comprehensive treatment
plans to manage your condition. Some of these conditions include, but
are not limited to:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Shoulder, hip and knee pain
- Sjogren’s syndrome
When to see a rheumatologist
Symptoms such as shoulder, hip and knee pain are good indications that
you might benefit from seeing a rheumatologist. Many rheumatic diseases
are hereditary, so if your family has a history of musculoskeletal syndromes
or autoimmune diseases, your muscle and joint pain may be caused or exacerbated
by an underlying rheumatic condition. The more quickly you see a rheumatologist
after experiencing such symptoms the better; ignoring your pain may lead
to irreversible joint damage.
What to expect
During your first appointment, you can expect your rheumatologist to speak
with you about your symptoms, current medications you may be taking, and
you and your family’s medical history. If this is your first time
experiencing such symptoms, you may need a blood test or an imaging study
such as an X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan or MRI to help diagnose your condition.
After your condition is diagnosed, your rheumatologist will develop a
treatment plan to help you regain muscle strength and function, prevent
further injury, and improve your quality of life.
If you are experiencing joint or muscle pain and have a family history
of rheumatic diseases, speak to a specialist. Learn more about our rheumatologists,
and find a provider near you by clicking on the links below!