The Rheumatology Team consists of medical staff, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and podiatrists.
The role of the rheumatology physiotherapist
To provide assessment, treatment and self-management advice for all rheumatology conditions, in an outpatient setting. This applies for all stages of rheumatic conditions from newly diagnosed to patients with long standing problems.
Commonly treated conditions include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. The rheumatology physiotherapists aim to increase the patients’ knowledge of their condition and provide self-management advice and exercises that are specific to their problems.
The rheumatology physiotherapy team work closely with medical staff, specialist nurses, pharmacists, OTs and Podiatry to provide a high quality multidisciplinary approach to patient care. They also provide assessment, advice and injection therapy at rheumatology consultant lead outpatient clinics.
The rheumatology physiotherapists are based in Fern House Antrim, Whiteabbey Hospital and the Fort Centre in Coleraine however treatment can be provided closer to home by local physiotherapists if appropriate.
Leaflets and links on managing pain and useful rehabilitation exercises are included in the links on the right of this page.