Home > Medical > Arthritis > FAQs FAQs All sections in Arthritis » About Joint Pain/Arthritis » FAQs » Juvenile Arthritis » Living with Arthritis » Managing Pain » Multimedia » News What is a rheumatologist? A rheumatologist is a medicine physician or paediatrician, who is qualified by additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases Inflammatory vs. mechanical arthritis How can you tell the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis? How many children are affected by juvenile arthritis? About one in every thousand children are affected by this disease. Ask the Osteopath » Join us on Facebook » Ask CyberDoc » Subscribe to the Newsletter » 10 tips to take care of your joints Gadgets for arthritic hands Is gout a chronic condition? No, but if someone has had a bout of gout, it means that they are in the high-risk group for this uncomfortable and painful metabolic disorder. Is osteoarthritis genetic? It can be, but that does not mean if your parents had it that you will definitely be affected. When should you see a rheumatologist? If musculoskeletal pains are not severe or disabling and last just a few days, it makes sense to give the problem a reasonable chance to be resolved. Does RA go away or is it a chronic condition? Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition, but it can go into remission. What kind of training do rheumatologists have? In South Africa, rheumatologists must first complete an MB ChB (six years followed by an internship of two years), then four years specializing to be a general physician. What do rheumatologists treat? Rheumatologists treat arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders and osteoporosis. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.