Is characterised by pain and inflammation of the joints. RA typically affects the small joints of the hands and feet but can affect any joint. Morning stiffness and fatigue are common symptoms. The background image is of the french painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir who had severe RA.
Is a very painful type of arthritis that often begins in the big toe. It can affect any joint. The role of diet causing gout has been over emphasised. Most of the risk of developing gout is due to genetics and how your body handles the breakdown of purine.
The spondyloarthopathies (SpA) are a group of inflammatory conditions where back pain and stiffness are the main symptoms. The most common of these is Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) which can result in fusion of the spine. The eyes, skin and intestines are often involved.
Systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE) is an autoimmune condition that can affect almost any organ of the body. The term 'lupus' means 'wolf' in latin. The name comes from the fact that the facial rash associated with SLE looks like the flesh has been devoured by a wolf.
The most common form of arthritis. It is due to the cartilage in joints slowly breaking down causing pain and reduced function. It can affect any joint, but most commonly the knees, hips and hands. Specific exercises, weight loss, pain relief, nutritional supplements, joint fluid supplements and cortisone injections are available as treatment options.
Tendon and ligament injuries. Back pain. Dr Suppiah specialises in telling the difference between an injury and a potential disease process that may present in a similar manner. He can treat you either way.