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Rheumatology is a specialised field of medicine dedicated to diagnosing and treating rheumatic diseases that affect the joints, muscles, and bones, causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformities. Our renowned Rheumatology Department at St John & Elizabeth Hospital offers a comprehensive approach to managing these conditions, focusing on improving patients’ quality of life through personalised care plans.

Also known as: musculoskeletal disease treatment, autoimmune disorder management

Everything You Need to Know

Rheumatology encompasses a wide range of disorders, including arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus, and gout. Our team utilises advanced diagnostic techniques to ensure accurate diagnoses, followed by tailored treatment plans that may include medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments. Our holistic approach aims not only to alleviate symptoms but also to address the root causes of each condition, offering solutions for pain management, inflammation reduction, and preservation of joint function.

Before Treatment

Initial Consultation

Your care journey begins with a detailed consultation with one of our expert rheumatologists. This session is an opportunity to discuss your symptoms, medical history, and treatment goals. Our specialists use this information to develop a personalised care plan, ensuring you understand your diagnosis and the recommended treatment options.

Diagnostic Assessments

Accurate diagnosis is crucial in rheumatology. You may undergo a series of diagnostic tests, including blood tests, imaging studies, and physical examinations, to determine the specific nature of your rheumatic disease. These assessments help us to tailor your treatment plan effectively.

Preparing for Your Treatment

Based on your diagnosis, we may recommend a combination of treatments, including medications, physical therapy, or lifestyle modifications. We will provide you with all the necessary information to prepare for your treatment, including any dietary or activity recommendations.


During Treatment

Our rheumatology treatments are designed to manage symptoms and slow the progression of rheumatic diseases. Depending on your condition, treatment may include:

Medication Management

We prescribe medications to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and modify the disease process. Our team closely monitors your response to treatment, making adjustments as necessary to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy plays a crucial role in managing rheumatic diseases. Our therapists work with you to improve joint function, increase mobility, and strengthen muscles, which can help reduce pain and enhance quality of life.

Lifestyle Advice

Our team offers guidance on lifestyle changes that can help manage your condition, including exercise recommendations, dietary advice, and strategies to protect your joints during daily activities.

After Treatment

Recovery and ongoing management are key components of rheumatology care. We provide comprehensive support to help you manage your condition long-term, including:

  • Regular follow-up appointments to monitor your condition and adjust treatment as needed.
  • Access to patient education resources to help you understand your condition and how to manage it effectively.
  • Support groups and counselling services to help you cope with the challenges of living with a rheumatic disease.