What is a Rheumatologist?
Unlike other specialties that focus on a single organ or bodily system (i.e. cardiology – study of the heart), rheumatology is a specialty devoted to the diagnosis and management of over 100 complex diseases. Rheumatology is the study of inflammation that occurs in the bones, muscles and joints and sometimes the internal organs (e.g. kidneys, lungs, blood vessels, brain) and is often autoimmune in nature.
The most common autoimmune disease is arthritis. Other complex diseases on the rheumatology spectrum include systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis and Sjogren's syndrome, just to name a few.
Clinicians who specialize in rheumatology are called rheumatologists. Rheumatologists care for a wide array of patients of all ages to help those with rheumatic diseases have the best possible quality of life.
At Providence, your rheumatologist and the rheumatology care team will work with you and your family, as well as related health care providers. The rheumatologist will give your family valuable health information and teach you how to live with a chronic (long-term) rheumatic disease. Solutions can include medications, coping mechanisms, techniques for preventing disability or regaining function, and ways to improve quality of life.
Clinically, your rheumatologist team will assess:
- Signs (from a physical exam) and symptoms (what you see and how you feel), including systemic (whole body) involvement by a rheumatic disease
- Joint disorders
- Overall function, including physical, mental well-being and level of independence
- Results of advanced imaging and lab tests
- Treatment options
- Need for more assessment and treatment, such as
A rheumatologist aims to help patients with rheumatic disease to have the best possible quality of life. Toward this aim, rheumatologists advocate for the patient in all aspects of health care and in the community. At Providence, we are proud to offer patient-centered care utilizing our other departments to answer your needs.
Dr. Jamshidi practices exclusively at Providence in Suite 110 of the DePaul Professional Building (1160 Varnum Street, NE in Washington, DC). To schedule an appointment with her, please call 202-448-4080.