This specialty relates to disorders of joints and bones and muscle diseases, which individually or collectively can be grouped as ‘rheumatism’.
A person with rheumatism may have symptoms such as:
- joint pain or swelling
- back pain
- muscle aches or stiffness.
Rheumatology also covers treatment of patients who may have symptoms such as:
- general fatigue
- immune system disorders.
Benefits of rheumatology at Bupa Cromwell Hospital
Our highly experienced rheumatology specialists have access to the latest technology for the identification and diagnosis of conditions including rheumatism, including the most advanced imaging equipment available today.
What does assessment for rheumatism involve?
- blood test for rheumatoid factor
- anti-CCP antibody for rheumatoid arthritis
- X-ray, ultrasound or MRI scan.
Non surgical treatment of rheumatism
Non surgical treatments including:
- drugs to relive pain and stiffness
- anti-inflammatory medication
- anti-rheumatic drugs to slow down the progression of the condition
- dietary guidance, helping to reduce symptoms and reduce excess weight and minimising the risk of developing heart disease
- exercise advice and planning
- occupational therapy.
- hip or knee replacement
- removal of the lining of an inflamed joint
- removal or repair of severely inflamed tendons
- fusing a joint to make it more stable.