Should You See a Doctor?
Occasional joint pain or discomfort doesn't usually require medical treatment, but unusual pain that doesn't go away or that gets worse rather than better should not be ignored. Make an appointment with your doctor if you experience any of the following for more than a couple of weeks:
If your primary care physician can't see you within a week, consider making an appointment directly with a rheumatologist. Ask your doctor for a referral or find a rheumatologist yourself with this list from the American College of Rheumatology.
Tip: Some hospitals and medical centers run dedicated arthritis centers or early arthritis centers. Contact your local hospitals and ask if they operate—or know of—any programs like these.
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