Orthopaedic Doctors Or Rheumatologists!!! Who Can Be Better For Ra Treatments?

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Asked by Saurav

Orthopaedic Doctors Or Rheumatologists!!! Who Can Be Better For Ra Treatments?

In September i was diagniosed with disc buldges in my lower back. I tried to get Phsiotherapy & Accupressure done. It gave me some relief but the pain came back again. Since november onwards i started geting pain in my joints too. I have stiff neck, fingers, Knees and my back early in the morning. I have been consulting orthopadic doctors and they made me do some blood tests. My Rheumatoid factor came negative but Anti CCP was positive, which as per my doctor means that i have 95% chances of RA. The doctor has put me on an antibiotic tab " HCQS" and a pain killer Myoril plus 4mg. Could anyone help me to know whom should i be consulting now " Orthopaedic Doctors or Rheumatologists ?

Answer

Blood test can be a little vague in helping to diagnose RA, as it is quite possible to have the disease while your RA factors negative.

Rheumatologists specialize in treating the various diseases captured under the arthritis umbrella, such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, lupus, etc. Orthopedic surgeons are doctors who specialize in surgery involving muscles and bones, including, but not limited to, things like joint replacement for people with severe RA damage. Therefore, you should get a referral to a rheumatologist to supervise the treatment of your RA, which will include medications that will hopefully prevent the kind of damage to your joints that might later require orthopedic surgery.

Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW