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Dr RAVI SUPPIAH

BHB, MBChB, PGDipSportsMed, FRACP, MD
Rheumatologist

Auckland Rheumatology and Sports Medicine is the private practice of Dr Ravi Suppiah.  Dr Suppiah consults in Glenfield (North Shore of Auckland) and Greenlane / Remuera (Central Auckland). He is dedicated to providing the best available care to his patients.  

Dr Suppiah is a New Zealand trained rheumatologist, with further specialist fellowship training in Oxford, United Kingdom. His main clinical interest are in inflammatory arthritis and systemic vasculitis but is experienced in diagnosing and treating all forms of rheumatic complaints as well as being uniquely skilled in discriminating chronic injury from inflammatory disease.   He routinely uses ultrasound for diagnostic purposes, guided injection and to track disease activity.   

Dr Suppiah is involved in leading research locally and internationally, and is a regular invited speaker at major international conferences.  He holds post graduate degrees in sports medicine and a doctorate in systemic vasculitis.  

He is the current clinical lead for the rheumatology service at Auckland District Health Board, a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, involved in supervising the training of future rheumatologists in Auckland, a member of the New Zealand Rheumatology Association, and a member of the Rheumatology Audit Partnership New Zealand. He also sits on the board of governors or as a trustee of various philanthropic trusts and scholarships.

COMMON RHEUMATIC CONDITIONS

Rheumatoid arthritis

An autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the lining of the joint causing damage to the cartilage and bone. if untreated, rheumatoid arthritis can result in joint destruction and deformity.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

An inflammatory condition that predominantly affects the spine.  The main symptoms are lower back pain and stiffness. The pain and stiffness are usually worse overnight and first thing in the morning and gradually improve over the course of the day.   Untreated the spine can slowly fuse.

Psoriatic arthritis

A form of arthritis that affects a 1/4 of patients with skin psoriasis. 

Gout

Gout is a very painful form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in some people who have an elevated blood level of urate.

Polymyalgia rheumatica

An inflammatory condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder and hip girdle.  Usually only affects those over the age of 50.

Fibromyalgia

Widespread pain, tenderness to touch, disturbed sleep, irritable bowel and bladder, headaches, mood disturbance.  More common in women.

Osteoarthritis

The most common form of arthritis, often referred to as ‘wear and tear of a joint’, but the process is more complex. The primary problem is breakdown of the cartilage within the joint which then this leads to bony changes and damage to other surrounding tissues such as the ligaments.

Systemic lupus erythematosus

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.

ARTHRITIS MEDICATIONS

Auckland Rheumatology and Sports Medicine is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society

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