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Your healthcare team

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People with arthritis have many different needs, so you might have to see a team of health professionals to look after all aspects of your care. The team itself may vary from hospital to hospital but may include any of the following:

  • Doctor talking to patients

    Consultant rheumatologist

    A consultant rheumatologist is a doctor who specialises in diagnosing and treating arthritis and related conditions.

  • A doctor speaking with a patient

    General practitioner (GP)

    General practitioners (GPs) have many different roles. Perhaps the most obvious is their role as a primary physician and coordinator of care.

  • Two people holding hands

    Hand therapists

    Hand therapists are occupational therapists or physiotherapists who have done further training to specialise in treating conditions affecting the hands, arms and shoulders.

  • Health care professionals in a meeting


    Neurologists are specialists in disorders of the nervous system. Some neurologists also have expertise in particular areas, such as the immune system.

  • Nurse and patient at home

    Occupational therapist

    An occupational therapist (OT) works with people to help them to carry out everyday activities and lead fulfilling lives. Some OTs specialise in helping people with arthritis and related conditions.

  • A doctor talking with a surgery patient

    Orthopaedic surgeon

    Orthopaedic surgeons specialise in surgical treatments for problems affecting the bones, joints and other structures. They’re involved in treating the problems caused by disease and injury.

  • Nurse and patient at home


    An orthotist specialises in the use of devices (orthoses) to support weakened joints, correct deformities and reduce pain and strain when the affected joints are being used in everyday life.

  • A physiotherapist guiding a gentleman stretching


    A physiotherapist is a healthcare professional who are experts in assessing movement and function to help you remain active and independent both at home and at work.

  • Someone with foot pain


    Podiatrists are experts on problems with the feet and ankles, and some specialise further in problems caused by arthritis and related conditions.

  • Mum and son talking to a therapist


    A psychologist can help you to manage symptoms of pain and fatigue, follow methods to reduce disability and deal with other challenges more skilfully.

  • Medical professionals sat at a table talking

    Rheumatology nurse specialist

    A rheumatology nurse specialist is a nurse with specialist experience in looking after the needs of people with arthritis and related conditions. Some are qualified to diagnose, recommend treatments and prescribe medication.


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