People with a musculoskeletal problem may be referred to a specialist but there is a spectrum to choose from, such as rheumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitationalists, anaesthetists working in pain clinics, sports physicians or other health professionals such as physiotherapists,
What is a musculoskeletal specialist?
A musculoskeletal physician is a doctor who manages patients with bone, joint and muscle disorders that DO NOT require surgery as part of their management.
How is musculoskeletal pain diagnosis?
How is musculoskeletal pain diagnosed? However, to determine the underlying cause of the pain, the doctor will often follow the exam with laboratory tests and X-rays. These may include: Blood tests to confirm a diagnosis, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Do you need to see an orthopedic physician or a rheumatologist?
Patients should use the guidelines below to help determine if they should choose an orthopedic physician or rheumatologist for their arthritis and joint pain. Patients might need an orthopedic physician if they have: Moderate or advanced arthritis of the knee or hip.
What kind of doctor do you see for knee pain?
Often knee pain can be evaluated and treated by your primary care doctor. If the knee pain requires surgery or the cause of the pain needs further evaluation, an orthopedic surgeon will usually be consulted. With arthritis, gout, or inflammatory joint problems a rheumatologist may be consulted.