Many men and women who suffer from arthritis seek medical care from a rheumatologist to find an effective treatment. A rheumatologist is a physician who has received specialized training in several types of inflammatory (rheumatic) diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis, tendonitis and gout, just to name a few.

Pikeville Medical Center has two experienced rheumatologists on staff who are committed to improving the health of their patients. Travis Sizemore, DO, and Hamza TanToush, MD, work closely with patients to develop customized treatment plans for diseases and disorders such as inflammatory issues affecting muscles, joints and bones, connective tissue diseases affecting ligaments, tendons and other organs as well as various autoimmune diseases.

Rheumatology patients can experience conditions that are complex and long-lasting, which is another reason they should seek the care of a physician who has received years of specialized training. Many conditions treated by rheumatologists are inherited disorders, so it is important for patients to know their family history. As with many other medical conditions, receiving care in earlier stages can lower risks of disease progression and complications.

Rheumatologists are internal medicine physicians, so they examine a patient’s organ system thoroughly when searching for the cause of symptoms. Many conditions require long-term testing and monitoring, so receiving care from a rheumatologist as soon as possible is encouraged.

To schedule an appointment with a Rheumatologist at Pikeville Medical Center, call (606) 430-2208.