Rheumatologists are doctors who help diagnose and treat patients with diseases of the joints, muscles, bones, and immune system and are most qualified to treat patients with RA. Beyond expertise, it’s important that you and your doctor can discuss your treatment plan.
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Primary care doctor
A rheumatologist is the best-prepared doctor to treat moderate to severe RA and will be most aware of potential treatment options for you. If you’re still seeing a primary care physician, ask for a referral to a rheumatologist.
It’s important for you to help your doctor understand what you’re experiencing so he or she can develop the right treatment plan for you.
And keeping track of your symptoms over time can help you and your doctor understand how your treatment plan is working.