Rheumatology Center of Princeton, 123 Franklin Corner Rd, #106 Lawerenceville, New Jersey 08648 Phone Number: 609-896-2505

When You Should See Us

What is a Rheumatologist?

Rheumatology Center of Princeton ScanRheumatologists are internists with training in the diagnosis and treatment of over 100 types of arthritis and immune system diseases. The specialty’s strong foundation in internal medicine prepares these specialists to care for patients with the complex and changing nature of rheumatic diseases. The doctors at the Rheumatology Center of Princeton encourage the formation of a close physician patient relationship so diseases and treatments can be followed and modified as needed. Your rheumatologist may take the lead in diagnosing and caring for your condition, or work as a consulting physician to your primary care physician.

Rheumatologists are trained as detectives since many of the diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. It is important to establish a correct diagnosis as early as possible so that early treatment can be started. Some musculoskeletal diseases respond best to treatment only in the early stages. Because Many rheumatic diseases change or evolve, you may have to make more than one appointment before your physician makes a definite diagnosis. The diagnostic process usually includes a complete medical history, physical examination and if indicated, blood tests and x-ray studies. Based on the needs of your individualized treatment plan, your rheumatologist can coordinate your care with the other professionals comprising your health care team.

When should you see a rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist is a specialist physician trained and experienced in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles, and bones, as well as many types of autoimmune diseases.

Rheumatologists treat arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders, and osteoporosis. There are more than 100 types of these diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis, osteoporosis, and tendonitis. Some of these are very serious diseases that can be difficult to diagnose and treat.

Many types of rheumatologic diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. Rheumatologists are specially trained to do the detective work necessary to discover the cause of joint swelling and pain. It is important to determine a correct diagnosis early so that appropriate treatment can begin early especially as some musculoskeletal disorders respond best to treatment in their early stages.

Because some rheumatic diseases are complex, one visit to a rheumatologist may not be enough to determine a diagnosis and course of treatment. These diseases often change or evolve over time. Rheumatologists work closely with patients to identify the problem and design an individualized treatment program. In addition, Rheumatologists work closely with other physicians, often acting as consultants to advise other physicians about a specific diagnoses and treatment plans for particular Rheumatologic Diseases.

Urgent Visits

It is best to call us and we will find an efficient way to fit you into our schedule. If you have an emergency when our office is closed, please leave a message with our answering service explaining the nature of your emergency. There is always a doctor on call.

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