Johnston County residents who are suffering from arthritis now have a specialist close to home. Anshul M. Rao, MD, a rheumatologist, is seeing adult patients at offices in the Medical Arts Pavilion on the campus of Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield, and at the Johnston Professional Plaza on the campus of Johnston Medical Center-Clayton. Rao is a graduate of the University of Toledo Medical College. In 2012, he completed a fellowship in rheumatology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and, in 2009, an internal medicine residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Before coming to work with Johnston Health, Dr. Rao was in practice for a year with Wayne Heart and Internal Medicine in Goldsboro. With the move to Johnston County, he says he looks forward to getting more involved in the community where he lives. Rao says he likes that the field of rheumatology has changed so dramatically.“A few decades ago, there wasn’t much that we could do. While we don’t have a cure, we do now have disease-altering medications. With treatment, people can maintain and continue their quality of life. And that’s gratifying.”
What is a Rheumatologist?
A rheumatologist is a doctor who specializes in rheumatic diseases, or problems that affect the joints, muscles, bones, and connective tissues. There are over 200 diseases that a rheumatologist might treat, but some of the most common include rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune diseases, pain disorders affecting joints, and osteoporosis.
Rao says that more than 50 million Americans have arthritis, and that two-thirds of them are under the age of 65. “It’s an epidemic, and it’s going to get worse as our population ages,” he says.
Specialists like Dr. Rao are committed to making like easier and more manageable for patients with bone and joint problems. While arthritis and other joint conditions remain a growing problem, the medications and treatments available to patients are constantly improving. By establishing healthy living habits and seeking treatment when it’s needed, many patients can prolong the onset of arthritis symptoms and still live a full and functional life.
Appointments with Dr. Rao
If you suffer from arthritis, osteoporosis, or other bone and joint problems, Dr. Rao might be able to help. Call 919-934-3022 to schedule an appointment.