Rheumatology is the study of rheumatism, arthritis, and other disorders of the joints, muscles and ligaments.
At Spire Murrayfield Hospital, you will always be treated by an experienced consultant rheumatologist, whose first prioroty will be to diagnose your condition as quickly as possible and decide on a treatment plan.
Early inflammatory arthritis clinic
Spire Murrayfield Hospital now provides a one-stop clinic to help diagnose and treat inflammatory arthritis. This clinic is suitable for anyone who suspects they may have early inflammatory arthritis. Early symptoms linked to inflammatory arthritis usually include:
- Joint pain
- Morning joint stiffness
- Tenderness in and around the joint
- A reduced range of motion in one or more joints
- Redness and warmth around the affected joint
Inflammatory arthritis can develop at any age and may affect children. The typical onset of rheumatoid arthritis is between the ages of 30 and 60 years. If you have symptoms of inflammatory arthritis it is important to be assessed by a consultant rheumatologist at your earliest convenience.
Current research provides clear and copious evidence of the benefits of identifying and treating inflammatory arthritis early. Early diagnosis increases the chances of a complete response to treatment and in some cases if treatment is very effective it can be stopped when the patient has made a complete recovery.
It is crucial to identify and treat inflammatory arthritis to prevent disability, reduce pain and induce remission. If treated late, irreversible joint damage can occur. Within a short time period, the disease can affect a person’s ability to undertake day to day activities including work and independent living.
You do not need a referral to see a consultant rheumatologist, call 0131 334 0363 to make an appointment. Consultations cost around £200, and if ultrasound and/or injections are required, the cost for these will be in addition to the consultation fee.
The clinic is run by Dr Helen Harris weekly on a Wednesday afternoon.