The Rheumatology Clinic at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital provides comprehensive diagnosis and ongoing care for individuals with a wide range of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, adults with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, SLE, Sjogrens syndrome, and Behcets disease among others.
The following conditions can usually be managed by your GP and/or other health professionals such as physiotherapists, but may be referred to the rheumatology service for clarification of the diagnosis or advice on management:
- Gout-Back or neck pain, sciatica
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Soft tissue problems such as trigger finger, tennis elbow, trochanteric pain
Rheumatology is a medical specialty dealing with diseases of the musculoskeletal system, in particular inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis) and systemic auto-immune diseases (e.g. systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome and vasculitis).
Rheumatologists are doctors who diagnose and manage chronic inflammatory conditions. Rheumatic conditions can affect people at any age.
Rheumatologists also provide a diagnostic and advisory service for people with other musculoskeletal conditions.
The Rheumatology Clinic at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is a tertiary service supporting orthopaedic and other services. Local GPs who wish to make a rheumatology referral for their patients can do so directly to the Rheumatology Department at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.