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Rheumatology

Conditions of the joints, muscles and bones

Diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, which vary from aches and sprains to complex inflammatory disorders

Overview

Got aches and pains? Or suffer from stiff shoulders, back pain or swollen knees? There are over 200 types of rheumatic and arthritic conditions affecting joints, bones, muscles and tendons. Our leading consultant rheumatologists cover everything from knee discomfort to chronic conditions such as spondylitis, rheumatoid and metabolic bone disease. Whatever your condition, early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve your symptoms. We have the latest technology to aid this, such as CT and extremity MRI scanners, which give clear pictures of muscles, ligaments and tendons. We also have DEXA scanners to help with the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis. Many general rheumatic conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, can now be brought under control if diagnosed and treated early. Conditions such as lower back pain and knee arthritis can also be successfully treated.

Expertise

Our team of consultant rheumatologists work closely with orthopaedic surgeons and physiotherapists to treat a range of rheumatic conditions.

  • Steroid injections for joint pain

    Need to know

    If you have arthritis or experience pain in your joints, local steroid (cortisone) injections could give you some relief. Joint pain is usually caused by inflammation. Steroid injections help reduce inflammation to reduce pain in that area.

  • Blood tests for lupus

    Need to know

    Lupus displays many different symptoms depending on the person diagnosed and which part of the body it impacts. There's no cure, but symptoms can improve if treatment starts early. Anti-nuclear antibody (ANA test) or Anti-DNA tests can provide an early indication for the presence of lupus, although it...

  • Hughes syndrome

    Need to know

    Hughes syndrome causes an increase in the risk of developing: - blood clots developing in the leg - a clot in an artery which can cause a stroke or heart attack - blood clots in the brain, leading to problems with balance, mobility, vision, speech and memory. - Pregnant women with the condition may...

  • Lupus

    Need to know

    Lupus is a disease of the immune system in which a wide variety of antibodies are produced. Lupus may begin aggressively as an acute illness or be undiagnosed for years. It can also appear as a transient disease. Earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment means that the majority of patients have...

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

    Need to know

    Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in multiple joints in your body. The symptoms usually affect your hands, feet and wrists. It is important that rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed early so that effective treatment can be given as soon as possible.

  • Gout and pseudogout

    Need to know

    Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis, caused by crystal deposits in your joint. Pseudogout is caused by a different type of crystal deposit. Both can cause severe, sudden joint pain especially at the base of your big toe. Pain usually comes on very quickly. Future damage to joints can...

Consultant with patient

Our consultants

Our experienced consultant rheumatologists specialise in the early detection and latest treatment for all rheumatological conditions.
ur experienced consultant rheumatologists specialise in the early detection and latest treatment for all rheumatological conditions.
Our experienced consultant rheumatologists specialise in the early detection and latest treatment for all rheumatological conditions.

Our facilities

At London Rheumatology Centre and London Lupus Centre, both at London Bridge Hospital, you'll be looked after by a team of leading rheumatologists.

London Rheumatology Centre

At the London Rheumatology Centre, we have the expertise and technology to give you the best care for a range of rheumatic conditions. With a world-wide reputation for excellence and consultant rheumatologists from London's top teaching hospitals, you'll get quick diagnosis and access to treatment.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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