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Local people learn more about Inflammatory Arthritis and how its treated 

Local people had an opportunity to learn more about the key factors in stopping the spread of inflammatory arthritis and how to treat it in a Medicine for Members talk from the team of specialist rheumatologists at Salisbury District Hospital.

From left to right Dr Sarah Bartram (Consultant Rheumatologist), John Carvell (Hospital Governor and founder of Medicine for Members talks), Dr Richard Smith (Consultant Rheumatologist), Dr Aisling Coy  (Consultant Rheumatologist) and Zoe Cole (Consultant Rheumatologist) at the Medicine for Members presentation.


The talks aim to give people an insight into how the body works, highlight the clinical conditions that are treated and provide some practical tips to keep safe and healthy.

During the talk the team outlined the process patient’s will take following GP referral, the types of drugs and exercise they to need to take  to move  them towards ‘remission’,   and the way in which treatment has changed over the years to manage the disease and help people live a normal way of life.

Inflammatory arthritis is a group of conditions where the body’s defence
system starts attacking tissues instead of germs and viruses which can cause pain, stiffness and joint damage.

In the UK, around 10 million people have some form of arthritis and the condition can affect people of all ages. The three most common forms of inflammatory arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic athrthritis.

Dr Richard Smith, Consultant Rheumatologist said: “Rapid diagnosis and early treatment is critical to the management of pain and reducing deformity.  We have an excellent team here in Salisbury and our main aim is to diagnose the condition early and start treatment within the first three weeks.

Dr Aisling Coy, Consultant  Rheumatologist added: “Years ago bed rest was the preferred form of treatment but now we ruse a range of  drugs that can effectively slow down the progress of the condition and minimize joint damage, together with structured exercise and physiotherapy.” 

The Medicine for Members lecture diary can be found on the Trust’s  website at . If anyone would like to become a member, please contact Isabel Cardoso, Membership Manager by  telephone on 01722 336262, extension 4390 or by email at : . Ends

Notes to editors:

Types of arthritis:
As well as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, there are many other conditions that cause joint pain including :
• Ankylosing spondylitis  is a long-term condition that affects the bones, muscles, and ligaments of the spine
• Cervical spondylitis is  also known as degenerative osteoarthritis, cervical spondylitis affects the joints and bones in the neck
• Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in the body's muscles, ligaments and tendons
• Lupus is a long-term condition that causes inflammation in the body's tissues
• Gout is a type of arthritis that usually affects the big toe, but can also develop in any joint in the body
• Psoriatic arthritis is joint inflammation that affects people with the skin condition called psoriasis
• Reactive arthritis can cause inflammation of the joints, eyes, and urethra (the tube through which urine passes that runs from the bladder through the penis in men or the vulva in women)
• Secondary arthritis is a type of arthritis that can develop after a joint injury; it sometimes occurs many years after the injury
• Polymyalgia rheumatica is a condition where the immune system attacks healthy tissue, causing muscle pain, stiffness and joint inflammation

For further information please contact:

Patrick Butler
Communications Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. 
Tel: 01722 425170

Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:06 
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