John Hopkins Hospital doctors are the best arthritis specialists, according to U.S.News & World Report. The survey conducted in 2012, 2013 and 2014 ranked Cleveland Clinic as the second best when it comes to treating rheumatoid arthritis. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell came third in the ranking.
Other hospitals with the best rheumatoid arthritis doctors include Mayo Clinic; Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Medical Center, reports U.S. News & World Report. Rheumatoid arthritis doctors are known as rheumatologists, explains Healthline. Apart from rheumatologists, other specialists trained to treat rheumatoid arthritis include physical therapists, orthopedists and occupational therapists. These kinds of doctors have specialized training in joint and connective tissue diseases.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of chronic condition that affects joints on both sides of the body, including the hands, wrists and knees, explains Cleveland Clinic. Arthritis is a general term that refers to inflammation in joints. Characteristics of inflammation include warmth, redness and pain in the joint. The objective of treating rheumatoid arthritis includes controlling a patient's signs and symptoms. Another objective is to prevent damage. Additionally, treatment of rheumatoid arthritis aims to maintain a person’s quality of life and functioning ability.