Madison
50° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

Who should be on rheumatoid arthritis team?

Published On: Apr 15 2013 03:46:56 PM CDT   Updated On: May 28 2013 09:36:46 AM CDT
doctor, patients, smiling, group

istock

For those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a complete medical team is needed to control your symptoms.

Rheumatologist: A rheumatologist is a doctor who specializes in joint disease. This person will be the head of your medical team and is the person who will monitor the progression of your arthritis and create your treatment plan.

Primary Care Physician: Even when seeing a rheumatologist and other specialists, make sure you are still seeing your primary care physician so he or she can monitor your overall health and any other health conditions you may have.

Physical Therapist: A physical therapist can help work on your range of motion and design an exercise plan aimed at keeping your joints health.

Occupational Therapist: An occupational therapist can help you cope with daily tasks that are difficult to perform because of your arthritis.

Mental Health Professional: For those struggling to cope with the emotional side of living with rheumatoid arthritis a mental health professional can be of assistance.

Orthopedic Surgeon: For those who need surgery on their joints an orthopedic surgeon is a necessity on their care team.

Advertisement
  • PHOTOS: 27 tons of documents destroyed during BBB Shredfest 2016

    The free BBB Shredfest event Saturday offered anyone with documents containing personal information to shred up to three bags. Destroying documents is one way to protect one's identity and thwart fraudsters.

    More than 1,600 cars stopped by two Madison locations from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, and 27 tons of documents were shredded, a Better Business Bureau representative said. The sites were at SVA Certified Public Accountants, 1221 John Q Hammons Dr. and Warner Park, 2930 N. Sherman Ave.

  • Elise Romas

    PHOTOS: Thousands take part in 34th annual CrazyLegs 2016

    The 34th annual CrazyLegs Classic 8K Run and 2-mile Walk Saturday raised money for UW Athletics. As of Friday night, 13,000 people had signed up to participate, and organizers expected more to register Saturday morning before the race begins in waves at 11 a.m.

    WINNERS: Pat Jenkins, 24, of Cambridge, is the top finisher in the men's category. UW law student Jessa Hackman, 24, of Madison, is the top female finisher.

Advertisement