There are more than 200 forms of arthritis, the most common of which can be organised into the following categories:
Inflammatory Arthritis (including Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis)
Connective Tissue Disease (including Systemic Lupus Erythematosis, Myositis and Vasculitis)
Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Temporal Arteritis.
Gout and Pseudogout.
If you have a diagnosis of one of the first four above, you may be offered Occupational or Physiotherapy as part of your treatment. Managing osteoarthritis on an ongoing basis is best done by your GP, not the rheumatology team.
The Versus arthritis website is a good starting point for information on all conditions. Click the link to find our more.
The other tabs on Harrogate Health Hub may be used for specific Joint exercises as advised by your clinician.
A general exercise programme is suggested for all Rheumatology conditions as this can help relieve stiffness and joint pains. The link below is one suitable for most conditions but if you have any concerns, discuss these with your healthcare professional before taking part in any new activity.
If you are experiencing a joint flare please see the leaflet below.
NRAS resource is available here: https://www.nras.org.uk/
A self-assessment tools are available online here:
Or Self-measurement with phone app: https://www.nras.org.uk/know-your-das-mobile-app-
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)
NASS resources are available here: https://nass.co.uk/
NASS meetings are held at Harrogate District Hospital every other Wednesday from 7pm – 9pm, Therapy Services Department at Harrogate Hospital.
With self-assessment tools available here: BASDI, BASMI, BASFI https://nass.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Bath-Indices.pdf
Patient information: https://www.papaa.org/
The Royal Osteoporosis Society https://theros.org.uk/ runs local support groups in Leeds, York and Bradford. Please call 0808 800 0035 to find out more.
Hypermobility spectrum disorders: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/joint-hypermobility-syndrome/
Fibromyalgia information is available here: https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/conditions/fibromyalgia/
Please CLICK HERE for an information sheet on Fibromyalgia.