Rheumatology

Turn to the rheumatology experts at Essentia Health to diagnose and treat conditions that cause pain or inflammation—like arthritis and fibromyalgia. We will help you manage the symptoms and pain associated with swollen, inflamed and aching joints to improve your quality of life.

What’s a Rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist is a doctor with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other conditions that cause inflammation and pain in your joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles.

When See a Specialist

Talk to your primary care provider if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Aches and pains
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Joint redness
  • Inflammation, swelling, or stiffness

Your primary care doctor can treat most of these problems but may refer you to rheumatologist if your symptoms are severe.

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.

Conditions

Diagnostic Tests

To diagnose the cause of your symptoms, your provider may use tests like:

  • Bone density test – Measures bone strength
  • Blood tests – Take a sample of your blood for examination in a lab
  • Ultrasound imaging – Uses sound waves to take pictures of the inside of your body
  • X-ray – Uses electromagnetic waves to take pictures of the inside of your body

Early diagnosis and preventive treatment can help you improve your health and more easily do daily activities.

Personalized Care

Your doctor will work with you to create an individualized care plan to help you manage pain, inflammation, fatigue, and other symptoms. Your care plan may include:

Differences Between Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.