Arthritis and rheumatism treatment at Spire Portsmouth Hospital
The word rheumatism means aches and pains in joints, bones and muscles; arthritis is the inflammation of the joints.
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There are over 200 kinds of rheumatic diseases which affect around 10 million people in the UK. Some forms of arthritis are rare whilst other forms, such as osteoarthritis , are much more common. Arthritis is commonly seen as a condition which affects mainly older people, however, it affects people of all ages including children.
The different types of musculoskeletal conditions fall into 5 main categories:
- inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis
- degenerative or mechanical arthritis such as osteoarthritis
- soft tissue musculoskeletal pain such as shoulder or knee problems (possibly related to an injury)
- back pain
- connective tissue diseases such as lupus, schleroderma or vasculitis.
In addition rheumatologists are expert at looking at bone health and in particular, osteoporosis.
Our Rheumatologists assess people with all these problems whether there is one joint or part of the body affected or many areas. Our Rheumatologists have access to our state-of-the-art facilities, including pathology and diagnostic imaging such as, x-ray, ultrasound, CT (Computerised Tomography) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). These can be used to help them make a diagnosis and then advise on a suitable treatment. There are many treatments available including drug treatment, physiotherapy, injection techniques and surgery.
Our Consultant Rheumatologists at Spire Portsmouth Hospital in Havant, Hampshire, also work closely with our orthopaedic surgeons to support each other, and the patient, in providing an accurate diagnosis and suitable treatment quickly. Diagnosing many forms of arthritis and rheumatism early can improve the outcome and reduces the risk of long term problems.
To find out more about rheumatology treatments at Spire Portsmouth Hospital or to make an appointment please call 02392 456172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org