If you have a chronic inflammatory condition such as polymyalgia rheumatica, arthritis, gout or lupus, you will work with a local family physician. You may also work with a local rheumatologist, which is a specialist who is trained in helping patients with inflammatory conditions such as Lyme disease. A local family physician provides primary care for people of all ages. A local family physician can perform screening exams, prescribe medications, help patients manage chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, refer patients to specialists and more. If you have an inflammatory condition, your local family physician can help you understand your arthritis medications such as methotrexate, make healthy nutritional choices, reduce joint pain and create an exercise plan. Your local family physician can work with your other healthcare providers, including your local registered dietitian, nutritionist, chiropractor, kinesiologist and personal trainer. If you’d like more information about how your local family physician can help you manage your chronic inflammatory condition, talk to your local healthcare provider.