The rheumatology physiotherapists are experienced and specialised in all areas of rheumatology including managing inflammatory arthritis and the connective tissue disorders. They work closely with their occupational therapy (OT) colleagues, the rheumatology consultants and clinical nurse specialists to provide comprehensive ‘packages of care’ for people with rheumatological conditions, some of which are complex.  The emphasis is always on achieving the best control of the symptoms in order to maintain independence and continue with daily tasks such as work. 

Inflammatory Joint Diseases

Specific packages of care are established for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other inflammatory joint diseases. Medical care from the consultants and clinical nurse specialists aims to bring these conditions under control quickly. People with RA and other inflammatory joint diseases conditions will also be referred for a combined OT and physiotherapy assessment, which aims to save your time.

It is important if you have these conditions that you are seen as soon as possible by the therapists because the joints are at their most vulnerable in the early stages. Our treatment is aimed at teaching you physical ways to ease the symptoms alongside the medications prescribed. We feel it is very important to teach you about the conditions, including how to manage a flare of the symptoms and how to protect the joint.

We will also discuss the value of exercise with you and establish a programme of exercise to build your strength and prevent loss of movement at the joints.

Inflammatory Joint Disease Review

We encourage our patients with inflammatory joint diseases to attend regularly for a reviewWe will assess for any new problems and remind you how best you can control your symptoms. Further safe rehabilitation is encouraged when appropriate. We may feel it is necessary to refer you onto other members of the team, such as the nurse specialists or orthotists, and we will do this with your permission.

Please ring for an appointment if you feel you need a review. Out of hours appointments may be possible if requested.

Fast Access and Flare clinic

This is a self-referral clinic for patients known to the department who are concerned regarding flare of existing or new symptoms.

If you are known to the department, have a flare of inflammatory arthritis and need to be seen urgently, please ring ext 5861 and we will see you within a few days.


Ankylosing Spondylitis and other inflammatory spinal conditions

As in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), our aim for these conditions is to achieve control of the symptoms as soon as possible. The emphasis is heavily on establishing a regular exercise programme to maintain movement, strength and function. Helping you to return to or stay at work is a high priority, if this is applicable. Six to twelve monthly physiotherapy reviews are extremely important for you if you have any of these conditions, as we measure whether the condition has progressed and whether a review of your medication or other treatment might be necessary.

Please contact us if you are an existing patient and feel your review is due. Out of hours appointments may be possible if requested.

A weekly exercise class is commissioned by the local branch of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) held out-of-hours in the physiotherapy gym. 

This is held every Monday (other than Bank holidays) 5.00pm-6.00pm.

Please ring 566333 ext 5247 for further details


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Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)

People diagnosed with FMS will be invited for a detailed assessment. Emphasis is on providing an explanation for the symptoms and teaching self-management techniques. Treatment starts on a one-to-one basis, and if appropriate a four week education course will be offered.

People with FMS are introduced to the local branch of the Fibromyalgia Association which meets monthly at Burton library and can provide ongoing support.



The osteoporosis programme is for anyone who has symptoms of or is at risk of developing osteoporosis. The aim is to teach people about their condition and how to care for themselves safely. Assessment is made of physical fitness, balance and risk of falling. Treatment will focus on minimising the risks, teaching specific exercises to promote fitness, well being and good balance.  Education sessions take place once monthly in addition to the one-to-one sessions. These are aimed at providing lifestyle education, dietary and exercise advice.


Liaison with Support groups

Rheumatology patients have formed support groups who meet regularly to provide support, advice and education to anyone who needs it. A warm welcome is extended to any new members whether you are a patient of the rheumatology department, the orthopaedic department or cared for by your GP.

Support group meeting and contact details:

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) Meets every Monday (other than Bank Holidays) evening in the Physiotherapy Gym for exercises as described above 5.00pm-6.00pm

ContactBurton 511511 ext 5247

Arthritis Care Meets at Beacon Hotel, Tutbury Road, Burton at 7.30pm

Contact 07902272535 for details of next meeting.

National Osteoporosis Society Meets at the CVS building (next to Brewhouse theatre-Sainsbury’s car park)

Contact 01332 558350 email katie.hall@nos.org.uk

Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Association Meets at Beacon Hotel,Tutbury Road,Burton at 7.30pm

ContactBurton 511511 ext 5247 for details of next meeting

Fibromyalgia Association Meets first Tuesday of each month at 10.30 at Burton Library

Contact 08448872460 email burtonfibros@hotmail.co.uk



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