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FAQs

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1. Where you located and what are your hours?

A. Please see our locations page for directions and the contact us page for hours and contact information.

2. Do I require a referral to be seen by your providers?

A. Certain health insurance companies do require that a referral authorization be obtained from a primary care physician before we are able to provide consultative services. We always recommend checking with your insurance company.

3. What is a rheumatologist? 

A. A rheumatologist is an internal medicine specialist who is qualified by additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of certain autoimmune disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones.

4. What kind of training do Rheumatologists have?

A. After four years of medical school and three years of training in internal medicine, rheumatologists devote an additional two to three years in specialized rheumatology training.

5. What do Rheumatologists treat?

A. Rheumatologists treat arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders and osteoporosis. Some of these are very serious diseases that can be difficult to diagnose and treat.

6. When should you see a Rheumatologist?

A. A rheumatologist can be particularly skilled at diagnosing and treating osteoporosis and other disorders that affect the strength of bone. In addition, certain causes of chronic musculoskeletal pain are related to autoimmune disorders or disorders that cause "inflammation." Often, these 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 underlying cause of these inflammatory disorders. It is important to determine a correct diagnosis early so that appropriate treatment can begin early. 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.

7. What is the FRAX®?

A. The FRAX is the World Health Organization's algorithm which gives an estimated 10-year fracture risk. The algorithm is available online as a free calculator and integrates bone density testing with a number of clinical parameters. Read more in our overview on Osteoporosis and Bone Health.