Rheumatology

Medical Consultation

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

  • Osteoarthritis

Please only use the video appointment link if you have a pre-agreed appointment from Physiotherapy.

Friends Talking

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.

Exercise

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.

Flare Care

If you are experiencing a joint flare please see the leaflet below. 

 

Fatigue Management

For more information about fatigue management, download an information leaflet below

 

Common Conditions

Rheumatoid Arthritis


NRAS resource is available here: https://www.nras.org.uk/

A self-assessment tools are available online here:

Das 28 - https://www.nras.org.uk/the-das28-score

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




Psoriatic Arthristis


Patient information: https://www.papaa.org/




Osteoporosis


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


Hypermobility spectrum disorders: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/joint-hypermobility-syndrome/





Friends Talking Outside

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.

Useful Apps

Screenshot%202020-11-20%20at%2014.06_edi
MySpA
This App has been created by the Rheumatology Service at Whipps Cross University Hospital to provide instant access to medical information, exercises and assessments to help you manage your spondyloarthritis (SpA)
Screenshot 2020-11-20 at 14.11.27.png
Back to Action
is a new exercise application specifically designed for people with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). It has been created by physiotherapists working with NASS and the exercise therapists and doctors who treat military personnel with AS at Headley Court. It uses the most up-to-date knowledge from the fields of physiotherapy and sports medicine.
Android version coming soon.
Screenshot 2020-11-27 at 10.14.37.png

Disease Activity Score (DAS) is an assessment used by clinicians to measure rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity, to determine whether the signs and symptoms have reduced or stopped, and if treatment needs to be adjusted.

This free health app from the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) is designed to help you stay one step ahead of your RA.

Screenshot 2020-11-27 at 10.17.32.png
Hand Therapy
An app developed by the hand team at Chelsea and Warminster hospitals to improve the quality and care of hand therapy patients.
tracker.png
Arthritis Tracker
Created with young people for young people, Arthritis Tracker lets you rate your symptoms in seconds and see a simple summary of your recent pain, sore joints, medication side effects, energy levels, activity, sleep and emotions.
Rheuma buddy_edited.jpg
RheumaBuddy

RheumaBuddy supports you in your everyday life with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). It has been co-created together with hundreds of patients and leading Rheumatologists.