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 Grand Forks, ND has a population of approximately 164,844 people. There is 1 rheumatologist near Grand Forks, which gives it a ratio of 1 rheumatologist per 164,844 residents or a ratio of 1 rheumatologist per 69,138 households. There are 69,138 households in Grand Forks.