A rheumatologist is a physician who has received extensive training in diagnosing and treating rheumatic conditions. Rheumatic conditions involve the joints, soft tissues, autoimmune system, vascular system, and connective tissues.
Some of the conditions that rheumatologists treat are rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, sarcoidosis, vasculitis, and lupus. These are all conditions that involve a lot of pain and make mobility difficult. Rheumatologists use medications, such as analgesics, NSAIDs, steroids, DMARDs, infliximab, and adalimumab, as well as occupational therapy, in order to decrease pain and improve a patient's quality of life.
The area of Shelby, NC has a population of approximately 158,499 people. There is 1 rheumatologist near Shelby, which gives it a ratio of 1 rheumatologist per 158,499 residents or a ratio of 1 rheumatologist per 63,390 households. There are 63,390 households in Shelby.