Singing River Health System’s rheumatology department is a general, inpatient and outpatient consultative rheumatology practice, seeing all types of rheumatic disorders. Singing River Health System’s rheumatology services are located in Ocean Springs near Ocean Springs Hospital. The rheumatology team includes board certified rheumatologists, rheumatology nurses and nurse practitioners. We offer in-house infusion services, patient education services for injectable medications, radiology and lab services and musculoskeletal ultrasound techniques to aid in managing the rheumatic disorders we treat.
Rheumatologists treat arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases (when the body comes under attack by its own immune system), musculoskeletal pain and osteoporosis. There are more than 100 types of these rheumatic conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, scleroderma, sjogren’s, osteoporosis and tendinitis. Some rheumatic diseases are very serious and can be challenging to diagnose and treat. A rheumatologist is an internist or pediatrician who received further training in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases. Also called rheumatic diseases, these diseases affect the joints, muscles and bones.
When To See A Rheumatologist
If muscle or joint pains are not severe and began just a few days before, it makes sense to give the problem time to resolve on its own. However, if pain in the joints, muscles or bones is severe or lasts more than a few days, you should consult your primary physician. If appropriate, your doctor may refer you to a rheumatologist.
Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easy to find in the early stage, and you may need to see a specialist. Rheumatologists are specially trained to find the cause of joint swelling and pain. It is important for patients to get a correct diagnosis early so that proper treatment can begin. Some musculoskeletal problems respond best to treatment in the early stages of the disease. Because some rheumatic diseases are complex, one visit to a rheumatologist may not be enough to get a diagnosis and treatment plan. These diseases tend to be chronic and often change over time. Sometimes they get worse, and sometimes they go away for a while and then return. Rheumatologists work closely with patients to find the problem and design a treatment plan. The role of the rheumatologist in regards to your health care depends on many factors, including the patient’s needs. Most often, the rheumatologist works with other physicians.
You may be surprised to learn that specialized care may save time and money and reduce the severity of the disease. A rheumatologist has special training to spot clues in the history and physical exam. Proper tests completed early in the process may save money in the long run. Prompt diagnosis and specially tailored treatment often save money and minimize the long-term effects of rheumatic diseases.