Some forms of arthritis in the early stages could be treated by your primary care physician. For example, osteoarthritis in the early stages could be easily manageable by a primary care doctor. In case of more severe symptoms, you will need to see a rheumatologist. If your primary care doctor suspects inflammatory arthritis, it’s best to see a rheumatologist early. Early interventions are known to decrease your risk of long term joint damage. You could also benefit from seeing a physical therapist or an occupational therapist who could assist you with an exercise program to help manage your joint pain symptoms.