What is Rheumatology?

The field of Rheumatology covers all conditions which affect joints, bones, muscles and tendons. We know that early diagnosis and treatment can hugely improve how you feel and move and your long term maintenance of these conditions. Whilst some may  never go away completely, how you look after them and maintain yourself can make the biggest difference in minimising their effects and impact on your life. Don’t accept there isn’t anything that can be done! Make an appointment now with our Rheumatology specialist and see how much better you can feel. 

The following conditions are included within the field of Rheumatology:

  • Low back pain especially that of an inflammatory nature such as ankylosing spondylitis
  • Joint swelling caused by various types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis
  • Hypermobile joints caused by benign hypermobility syndrome
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis

In some of these conditions people also suffer from fatigue which can be very debilitating. Many accept the diagnosis they have been given and feel there is nothing that can be done to help. How wrong can you be! Physio can play a vital role in managing these problems and making you feel heaps better. It can help you to maintain independence through improving your mobility, strength and flexibility. Used along with medication it can also help to minimise pain.

What can be done at Quayphysio to help your condition?

We have a detailed understanding of the body and movement. We are used to working with people with limited mobility – from injury, arthritis or another condition – providing advice such as activity management and fatigue management, guided exercises and pain relieving techniques such as acupuncture and of course hands on Physio.

What will happen?

During the assessment, you will be asked about the activities which cause you pain and problems. We will also examine your posture, muscles, and, if relevant, the way you walk and do other difficult tasks.

We will give you lots of advice and design a personalised treatment plan that you are part of and helps address the things you want it to. You are in control! Your treatment plan may include:

  • general advice on increasing your activity level and avoiding exercise-related injuries
  • pain-relief treatments such as hands on treatment, manipulation, massage, acupuncture, taping, heat or ice packs or TENS (transcutaneouselectrical nerve stimulation).
  • a programme of specific exercises. Exercise is especially important for people with arthritis. It can help to reduce pain and increase mobility and increase strength of muscles.
  • providing walking aids or splints to help you stay mobile and independentfatigue management
  • injection therapy

For more information on how other therapies can help Rheumatological problems read our Blog article

To make an appointment now with our Rheumatology Specialist, call us on 01548 852 355 or click the button! 


The team at Quay Physio have slowly but surely changed my life. My back, shoulder and hip ached, I was woken up in the night with cramp in my legs and my gait was lopsided. I am in my sixties and so there were years of incorrect posture to correct. Then to add to my lopsided, aching frame I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis! I was used to walking several miles a day and was reduced to very short walks before my feet became too uncomfortable and painful. I had regular treatment with Physio and acupuncture which have gradually eased the pain. It is an ongoing process but with specific exercises and top up sessions the relief from discomfort has been fantastic. I am back to walking  as normal, my posture is greatly improved and I am enjoying my Pilates classes again. I cannot recommend Quay Physio highly enough, not only are they all extremely accomplished, they are also very lovely people. Thank you everyone!

Liz, Devon