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What to expect at rheumatology appointment

Updated April 17, 2017

A rheumatologist diagnoses and treats conditions of the joints, bones and muscles, such as arthritis, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia. This branch of medicine is known as rheumatology.

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Considerations

If your joint, muscle or bone pain is severe or persistent, you may need to see a rheumatologist.

Preparation

Before your first appointment, make a list of any medications you have taken for your pain, and note whether they have worked. You should also bring information about your allergies and past medical problems.

Medical History

At the beginning of your appointment, you will fill out a questionnaire about your medical history.

Physical Exam

Your doctor will perform a physical exam to examine your bones, muscles and joints. Tell your doctor when you feel pain.

Diagnostic Tests

Your doctor may perform diagnostic tests such as X-rays or blood tests.

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About the Author

Rebekah Richards is a professional writer with work published in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "Brandeis University Law Journal" and online at tolerance.org. She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with bachelor's degrees in creative writing, English/American literature and international studies. Richards earned a master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University.

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