Millions of people in the UK have arthritis. Depending on the type of arthritis they have, their symptoms, and how they manage their condition will change. In general, symptoms include pain, tenderness, stiffness or inflammation of the joints. Some people find their movements restricted or suffer muscle weakness. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for arthritis. Treatments are, however, improving.
Getting Help for Arthritis
Most people may initially go to their GP when they experience symptoms. At this point, doctors will probably prescribe painkillers or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Depending on the severity of their condition, they may be referred to a Rheumatologist. However, people suffering from arthritic symptoms don’t need to wait for a referral to get help.
See a Private Consultant Rheumatologist Harley Street
Rheumatologists help people manage their arthritis and related illnesses such as inflammatory conditions, soft-tissue problems, or musculoskeletal pain. They can make a diagnosis, arrange for further tests (where a diagnosis has already been made) and set up a treatment plan.
People visiting a Rheumatologist are seeing an expert in their field. They are a Doctor who has taken additional training to understand just how arthritis and other joint-related conditions can impact people’s lives.
Dr Stephanie Barratt, for example, is a Private Consultant Rheumatologist Harley Street. For over 17 years, she has been working to develop effective treatments for osteoporosis, one of the most common forms of arthritis. She understands how a person’s quality of life can suffer and how to help prevent this.
She looks at a patient’s symptoms, making a diagnosis, and creates a treatment plan. This might include wider health outcomes, such as changing a diet that could exacerbate symptoms. To find out more about how she can help you, visit https://www.drstephaniebarrett.com or contact her on 020 7730 8508.