With an accurate diagnosis and a shared understanding of your illness, you and your rheumatologist can work together to design a treatment program aimed at managing pain, reducing inflammation and ensuring your quality of life.
Depending on the nature of your illness, you may need to see your rheumatologist regularly for ongoing management. Alternatively you may be treated by your GP , with the rheumatologist on hand for specialist advice.
So how will my condition be treated?
As your rheumatologist will explain, there are a number of treatment options available including:
- Physical therapy
He or she will select the best treatment combination for you, depending on the exact nature of your illness and your other individual needs.
In treating and managing your illness, your rheumatologist will also work closely with your General Practitioner as well as other skilled professionals to ensure that you receive the best possible care:
- The physiotherapist is trained in the physical treatment of rheumatic disorders and uses a combination of exercise, special treatment techniques and advice.
- The occupational therapist provides advice on how to get on with day-to-day activities such as working, dressing and getting out and about.
- The psychologist or social worker offers advice and support to help patients and families cope with the changes that illness might bring.
- Nurses, podiatrists and dietitians may also form part of the team involved in your treatment.