Salford Royal’s rheumatology department provides inpatient and outpatient care for people with a range of musculoskeletal conditions. These include inflammatory and non-inflammatory disorders which mainly affect the joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues. Although some conditions, such as arthritis, are more common as people age, musculoskeletal conditions affect all age groups.
Rheumatic diseases can affect various aspects of people’s lives and can lead to a wide range of disabilities. This can be particularly difficult when it stops people enjoying hobbies they previously enjoyed such as gardening or cycling, or a loss of independence if they can no longer drive. There can also be financial implications – for instance a might be forced to give up their job as a direct result of their medical condition. Rheumatoid Arthritis alone has major cost implications to the UK economy in terms of productivity – £8 billion per year. Early treatment may reduce disability, help people continue working and save lives.
There are several treatments for rheumatic diseases. The drugs that patients tend to take include simple analgesia, such as pain killers, anti-inflammatories (known as NSAIDs), Disease Modifying Anti-rheumatic Drugs (known as DMARDs) and more recently Biologic treatments. Much more research is needed to find out which drugs work more effectively.
Taking part in research can help us to help you and your families by finding ways to improve your treatment and quality of life. We have a team of seven Consultant Rheumatologists with three registrar doctors, four Rheumatology Research Nurses, physiotherapy, occupation therapy and podiatry.
Our current studies include research into:
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Active Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma)
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Genetic studies
- Myositis studies
- Pain studies
- A study for the relatives of the patients with RA
If you are interested in taking part in any of our studies or want more information, please contact a member of the Rheumatology Research team by email at:
0161 206 6077