According to the NHS, ten million people in the UK have arthritis. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common. Symptoms include joint pain, tenderness and stiffness, inflammation of the joints, restricted movement and weakness and muscle wasting. Left untreated, they can have a significant impact on a person’s life.
Getting Treatment for Arthritis
Rheumatologists help people manage their arthritis as well as related illnesses, including soft-tissue problems, musculoskeletal pain and inflammatory conditions. Following an initial consultation, they’ll arrange for additional tests (if needed) and recommend a treatment plan.
Seeing a Rheumatologist
Many people will initially visit their GP to discuss their symptoms. However, they don’t need an official diagnosis or referral to see a Rheumatologist. Those living in the South of England, for example, can see Private Consultant Rheumatologist London based Dr Stephanie Barratt.
Dr Barratt has been a Consultant Rheumatologist for 17 years. She looks at a patient’s symptoms, how these are affecting their lives and makes a diagnosis as to their condition. Following the consultation, she confirms if she can treat the patient and how best to take this treatment forward.
A benefit for private consultant Rheumatologist London based patients is the high level of support they receive. Treatment plans go beyond their diagnosis to look at their wider health, which can be affected by arthritic conditions.
This means plans include not only medication and exercise but dietary changes and support from other medical professionals. Changing what they eat, or seeing a physiotherapist, for example, can have a huge impact on the quality of life.
Private Consultant Rheumatologist London
People in London experiencing pain due to arthritis or other inflammatory conditions could benefit from seeing a Private Consultant Rheumatologist. Contact Dr Barrett’s office today on 020 7730 8508 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.