Rheumatologists diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions, but they do not perform surgery.
A rheumatologist is an internal medicine doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating inflammatory conditions that affect the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles.
After a person finishes a rheumatology fellowship program, they must pass a board examination and receive their certificate to practice rheumatology.
Rheumatologists diagnose systemic inflammatory diseases and musculoskeletal conditions. They use a variety of tests to identify the underlying cause of a person’s symptoms.
Some potential causes of inflammation include: