Dr. Rice has been trained in two medical specialties.
Having studied Rheumatology, Dr. Rice has been trained to diagnose and treat the various types of diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system, which may include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia, among others. Dr. Rice is trained to provide a wide range of treatments, including the prescription of medications.
Rheumatology is a medical specialty focused on the non-surgical treatment of arthritis and rheumatic disorders. Rheumatologists diagnose and treat disorders of the joints, soft tissue and connective tissue, as well as autoimmune and rheumatic diseases. Autoimmune diseases are those affecting the immune system’s reaction to the body’s own tissues – for example, the immune system may attack the body’s healthy tissues by mistake. Rheumatic diseases are those affecting the muscles or joints, typically caused by swelling or inflammation.
The most common rheumatic disorders treated by rheumatologists include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, infectious arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, sclerodoma and reactive arthritis, among others. Autoimmune disorders treated by rheumatologists include vasculitis, Sjogren’s syndrome and lupus, among many others.
When treating patients for these and other diseases, rheumatologists provide a wide range of treatment options. Rheumatologists may prescribe physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, immunosuppressive medications or assistive devices (braces, splints, canes, etc.), among others. Rheumatologists may also speak with their patients regarding their diet, as it may affect their condition; exercise is also helpful in the management of rheumatic and related disorders. If therapy, exercise or medications are not effective, rheumatologists may refer the patient to a surgeon when appropriate.
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Having studied Internal Medicine, Dr. Rice has been trained to provide care to adult patients suffering from a wide range of illnesses and diseases, ranging from the very common to the very rare. Dr. Rice is also trained in general medicine, and is capable of treating patients for diseases that may have overlapping symptoms or complications.
Internal medicine is a specialized field of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of all types of adult diseases. Due to the fact that there are thousands of different diseases and afflictions that affect adults, internists (physicians who practice internal medicine) often serve as primary care physicians to their patients.
Internists play a crucial role in the diagnosis of disease in adult patients and perform a variety of diagnostic procedures and tests to assist in this process. Internists are trained to perform and analyze blood tests, review family histories, review diagnostic imaging tests, skin tests, biopsies, stress tests and endoscopies, among many other procedures, depending upon the patient’s condition or apparent symptoms.
Doctors of internal medicine are prepared to provide treatment patients with diseases that relate to, or encompass, more than one bodily system. It is this expertise that allows internists to be the “puzzle solvers” of primary care when it comes to making diagnoses; internists are often consulted for their diagnostic capabilities when other primary care physicians are unable to arrive at the correct diagnosis.
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