Arthritis Patient Care

Over 58 million US adults have arthritis, and most health care providers will treat someone with arthritis. Most patients do not see a rheumatologist for their arthritis. Instead, they may go to primary care providers, such as family practitioners, internists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. All health care providers can use this page as a resource for information about diagnosing, treating, and managing arthritis in their patients.

Diagnosing Arthritis

There are many types of arthritis with many different symptoms, but common symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. Know what to look for and who is more at risk.

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When Should I Refer Patients to a Rheumatologist?

A primary health care provider can often provide basic care for a patient with arthritis, especially osteoarthritis, but sometimes it is necessary to refer a patient to a rheumatologist.

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Clinical Practice Guidelines

When treating arthritis, it is important to know what treatment and management strategies are best practice. American College of Rheumatology has developed clinical practice guidelines for several types of arthritis.

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