Rheumatology and

Musculo-skeletal Clinic

 
 

Common Inflammatory conditions 


Rheumatoid arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis

Gout

Osteo-arthritis

Lupus (systemic lupus

     erythematosus, SLE)

Vitamin D deficiency

    (osteomalacia, ricketts)



Common medications used in inflammatory arthritis.


Prednisone

Methotrexate

Sulphasalazine

    (Salazapyrin)

Hydroxychloroquine

    (Plaquenil)

Leflunomide (Arava)


Biologics:

Adalimumab (Humira)

Infliximab

Etanercept

Rituximab

Tocilizumab

 
 

Rheumatology


Rheumatology is the study and treatment of inflammatory diseases, and non-surgical treatment of joint and soft tissue disorders.  Subsets of non-inflammatory diseases include osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, musculo-skeletal medicine, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, some occupational overuse injuries, and non-surgical work and home related injuries.


Although there are over 100 different inflammatory diseases, the most common ones are listed on the left-hand side.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but rather a list of common problems.


The doctor is aware that nutrition and sunshine can play a part in maintaining your health.  A simple blood test can now tell if you are getting sufficient sunshine for bone health. Vitamin D is even more important in New Zealand where the sun burns far too easily: the balance between getting enough sunshine to boost Vitamin D levels and yet not increase the risk of melanoma is getting more difficult without Vitamin D supplementation.  The doctor can also tell you if your nutritional supplements, such as omega 3-enriched fish oil, or glucosamine, are likely to help your particular type of arthritis, or if your diet is making your gout worse.