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What Is a Rheumatologist?

We all have moments when questions about pain outweigh our answers. Is this pain in my knee going to go away on its own? Why am I so stiff in the morning? Why does everything hurt when I’m just sitting down? Rheumatology involves the diagnosis, treatment and care related to arthritis and other issues that affect movement or mobility.

A rheumatologist is trained in the diagnosis (detection) and treatment of musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions commonly referred to as rheumatic diseases. These diseases can affect the joints, muscles and bones causing pain, swelling, stiffness and deformity. Among a rheumatologist’s many roles are assessing signs and symptoms of rheumatic disease and joint disorders, measuring overall physical function and well-being, examining results from advanced imaging and labs, creating treatment plans, and referring to and/or partnering with other specialists to support a patient’s long-term health and quality of life.

Meet our Provider

When your questions are about flexibility, mobility, and bodily pain, you’ll find your answers with our rheumatologist. You’ll also find support, evaluations, treatment, and effective strategies for a full range of rheumatologic disorders. Our specialist, Dr. Robicheaux-Metoyer, works directly with your primary care provider, whether you are dealing with a chronic illness like Lupus, the onset of rheumatoid arthritis, back pain that keeps you off the golf course, or other issues that affect your mobility.  Dr. Robicheaux-Metoyer is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.