The Road to Rio: Vika and vaccinations

As our GB athletes learn whether they have qualified for this summer’s Rio Olympics, Professor Cathy Speed, Chief Medical Officer to the GB Badminton team, explains how they will be preparing for the Games in the following weeks and months. The Rio experience Obviously, climate and culture will be vastly different in Brazil to the UK, so some […]

Osteoarthritis sufferers are twice as likely to need time off sick

The impact of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis affecting men and women in the UK, should not be underestimated as a new study published in Rheumatology finds. Researchers at the University of Calgary and Statistics Canada found that osteoarthritis sufferers are almost twice as likely to need time off work and are three times as liable to become […]

If paracetamol won’t help with joint pain, what will?

New research published in The Lancet has suggested that paracetmol, commonly prescribed to help with the discomfort and joint pain associated with osteoarthritis, is largely ineffective, even in large doses which are then accompanied by potential side effects. Osteoarthritis is the most common musculoskeletal condition affecting older people – it’s estimated that one in ten men and one in […]

The history of sports medicine

Sports and exercise medicine, often known as SEM, is the most recently recognised medical specialty in the UK, becoming established as a faculty by the Royal College of Physicians just ten years ago. Yet the history of sports medicine is a lengthy one and SEM’s reach in the general public is extensive, from the very […]

Why would I need to see a rheumatologist?

There’s well over 200 reasons why you might need to see a rheumatologist. A rheumatologist specialises in diagnosing and treating diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Although most people believe that ‘arthritis’ is a specific condition, it is a term to describe inflammation of the joints and therefore there are many different rheumatic disorders that […]