November 22, 2011

Early Rheumatologist Care Reduces Need for Surgery


For people with rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, early consultation with a rheumatologist can help prevent surgery down the road, according to a study presented at the American College of Rheumatology 2001 meeting in Chicago… Eric Matteson, MD, chair of the division of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., agrees. “When you see a rheumatologist early after diagnosis, you get started on appropriate therapy, and that stops the progression of joint damage to the point where it is so severe that you need surgery.”

Arthritis Today, by Alice Goodman, 11/21/11

Tags: Eric Matteson, MD, rheumatoid arthritis, Rheumatology

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