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Rheumatology is the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. It includes many disorders affecting your joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues.

Here at North Downs Hospital our rheumatology consultant, Dr Makadsi, has an interest in all rheumatology diseases, with a special interest in inflammatory arthritis, inflammatory muscle diseases, osteoporosis and soft tissue rheumatism.

He works as part of a multidisciplinary team including other consultant physicians and surgeons, specialist nurses, chartered physiotherapists, podiatrists, radiologists and radiographers to care for people with rheumatology conditions including osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis), gout, bone problems (osteoporosis) and connective tissue disorders (lupus and scleroderma).

We offer investigative tests and, advice and education on how to manage and prevent episodes of rheumatology conditions. Our treatments range from physiotherapy, joint injections, joint aspiration and specific drugs to help patients lives as well as they possibly can with their rheumatology disorder.