As an expert rheumatologist, Dr. Joan Merrill, MD is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of systemic autoimmune disorders and musculoskeletal illnesses, commonly known as rheumatic diseases. These diseases impair muscles, bones and joints leading to pain and swelling. Rheumatic illnesses happen to be complicated and thus, are challenging to diagnose. An analysis of the complete medical history and physical exam is a must for most rheumatologists. She leverages non-surgical methods to deal with rheumatic diseases. Autoimmune illnesses happen due to mistaken deployment of inflammation by the immune system. Autoimmune conditions are known to affect internal organs, skin and nervous system. The treatment for joint issues offered by rheumatologists is very much similar to that provided by orthopedists. However, rheumatologists do not conduct surgeries.
Common illnesses handled by rheumatologists are gout, chronic back pain, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis and osteoarthritis. Rheumatologists are known to research for better understanding and treatment of rheumatic illnesses. Rheumatologists commonly work in outpatient clinics. Rheumatologists keep getting referrals from primary physicians all the time. A referral is not a mandate for many rheumatologists. Some rheumatologists do work with hospitals and assess patients admitted for rheumatic illnesses.
Dr. Joan Merrill, MD is rated as a top rheumatologist in the Oklahoma City, OK area.
Dr. Joan Merrill, MD is accepting new patients at her practice located at 825 Ne 13th St Ste 112e, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104. To book an appointment, please call (405) 271-7805