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Arthritis and musculoskeletal complaints are the second-leading reason patients see a doctor. Primary care physicians need to be able to consult with rheumatologists on a regular basis to treat their patients with rheumatoid conditions.
Cedars-Sinai's rheumatologists often serve as expert consultants to primary care physicians. Areas in which they may be consulted include:
- Abnormal laboratory findings
- Unexplained pain
The rheumatologist can make an assessment of which complaints require more extensive investigation. They also have the knowledge and training to distinguish between a condition that might go away and one that may become more serious over time.
These consultations are timely, thorough and available to anyone in the community.