Over ten million people in the UK live with arthritis. Of these, the majority have osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Their symptoms, including joint pain and inflammation of the joints, tenderness and stiffness. Some people find their movements restricted or experience muscle wasting. Whatever the symptoms, if left untreated, they could significantly impact a person’s life.
Getting Treatment for Arthritis
When people are first diagnosed with arthritis, doctors often prescribe painkillers such as paracetamol. Likewise, they may also prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In some cases, this is enough. However, in others, a person’s condition can worsen. At this point, they may want to see a Rheumatologist.
Reasons to see a Rheumatologist in London
Rheumatologists help people manage their arthritis as well as other soft-tissue problems, musculoskeletal pain and inflammatory conditions. They complete an initial consultation, arrange for additional tests – if necessary – and put in place a treatment plan.
While a GP can do this too, arranging for tests and agreeing a treatment plan can take longer. This is one of the main reasons to see a Rheumatologist in London. Others include:
- The high level of support patients receive
- Treatment plans that go beyond the diagnosis and look at a person’s wider health (which can impact arthritis)
- Signposting to professional support, for example, physiotherapists or dieticians
Finding a Rheumatologist in London
People suffering symptoms linked to arthritis don’t need to be referred to a Rheumatologist by their GP. They can find one themselves based on their specific needs. Those living in London, for example, can see Dr Stephanie Barratt, who has been a Consultant Rheumatologist for 17 years. She will look at your symptoms, make a diagnosis, and put a treatment plan in place. To find out more visit https://drstephaniebarrett.com or call 020 7730 8508.