Rheumatology treatment at Benenden Hospital

Many people in the UK live with a rheumatologic condition, the most common being rheumatoid arthritis. These conditions can cause a range of symptoms and, as well as causing physical discomfort, can have a huge effect on your mental health. It’s important to see your GP or other healthcare professional sooner rather than later so that you can receive the right advice and, where appropriate, treatment as soon as possible.

At Benenden Hospital we can help you get the answers you need, quickly.

I have a question about rheumatology treatment

What is rheumatology?

Rheumatology is specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases which present as clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculitis and inherited connective tissue disorders.

An autoimmune disorder occurs when your body’s normal defence system triggers an attack on the cells of your own tissues or the lining of your joints.

Examples of autoimmune disorders include

  • Inflammatory joint disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis or spondylitis
  • Lupus Erythematosus (LE) - a collection of autoimmune diseases. Symptoms of these diseases can affect many parts of your body including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart and lungs.
  • Gout – a common type of arthritis which can cause pain, especially at the base of your big toe or in your fingers, wrists, elbows or knees
  • Dermatomyositis– a connective tissue disease that is characterised by inflammation of your muscles and skin.

Why would I be referred for rheumatology treatment?

You’ll be referred to a Consultant Rheumatologist because you’re experiencing aches and pains in your joints which are making normal daily activities, such as walking or climbing the stairs, difficult.

What happens during my rheumatology consultation?

Our Consultant Rheumatologists may carry out a blood or immunology test, as well as an x-ray, CT scan or MRI scan to give a clear picture of your muscles and joints.

They may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to relieve any rheumatic pain or stiffness, advise on changes you can make to your lifestyle, including losing weight or changing the food you eat or they may recommend relevant physiotherapy.

If these don’t work, they may give you an injection of cortisone steroid to give some relief by reducing inflammation in the affected area.

What happens after my rheumatology consultation?

Our Consultant Rheumatologists work closely with our orthopaedic surgeons and Physiotherapists to help you manage your condition and relieve symptoms.

How much do rheumatology tests and treatments cost?

To request a quotation, please complete our online quotation form or call our Private Patient Team on 01580 363158.

Martin King, Rheumatology patient

Martin's positive patient experience

Before his treatment, Martin King was suffering from pain, loss of strength and reduction in mobility in his right hand. Discover how a consultation with Consultant Rheumatologist Dr Abdul Khan helped him on the road to recovery.

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