Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist is a medical doctor who has completed a three-year internal medicine residency followed by a two-year subspecialty fellowship in rheumatology.

What do Rheumatologists treat?

According to the American College of Rheumatology, rheumatologists treat more than 100 different diseases. Rheumatologists are specially trained to deal with different arthritic conditions, chronic joint pain, autoimmune disorders, metabolic bone diseases and soft tissue rheumatic conditions.

Will you treat my fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a diagnostic label use to describe a syndrome of poor non-restorative sleep, fatigue and diffuse musculoskeletal pain. Research has suggested that there is abnormal pain processing leading to amplification of pain signals in fibromyalgia patients. It is not an inflammatory muscle condition or arthritic joint disorder. While rheumatologists are skilled at making the proper diagnosis in patients with musculoskeletal pain, they do not have any particular expertise in the use of antidepressant or seizure medications commonly used to treat fibromyalgia. The rheumatologists at Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Center of Memphis do not consider fibromyalgia a diagnosis that falls within the scope of rheumatological treatment offered at ROCM.

When can I resume my exercises after an injection?

Unless otherwise instructed, you may resume normal, non-athletic activities the day of the injection.  Avoid strenuous activity or exercises for the first 3 days after the injection.

How long will it take before I feel better from the injection?

For many injections, you will have significant relief within 24 hours.  Some injections may take up to 72 hours for optimal relief.

What are some common side effects can I expect after an injection?

You may experience soreness or bruising at the injection site. Flushing, which typically consists of warmth and redness around the chest, upper arms and face, is a common occurrence related to the use of steroid and does not represent an allergic reaction.  It is generally a nuisance and is not serious.  Flushing will typically subside within 48 to 72 hours.  Please let our team know if you experience this type of reaction.