Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. Rheumatologists are specially trained to do the detective work necessary to discover the cause of swelling and pain. It’s important to determine a correct diagnosis early so that appropriate treatment can begin early. Some musculoskeletal disorders 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 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.
Patient Fact Sheets
The American College of Rheumatology has prepared a variety of educational information for patients. Here you will find information on more than 50 different topics related to rheumatic diseases. These materials can be downloaded, copied, and distributed to patients. Fact sheets are available in both English and Spanish versions.
The ACR’s educational materials are intended to complement personal education and advice from the healthcare provider. Informed patients, working together with their rheumatologist and other healthcare providers, are the key players in keeping themselves and their children healthy.
If you have additional questions or comments about the patient resources, please contact us.