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This page contains answers to common questions about rheumatic conditions and treatment. If you need further assistance please phone our advice line on 01473 703315. As there are a large number of questions on this page you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Rheumatology FAQs

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My knee/shoulder/elbow is swollen and I think it may need aspirating and injecting, what should I do?

The application of ice packs may help to reduce the swelling. Aspiration and injection of the joint(s) with a corticosteroid is sometimes helpful; however if more than one joint is affected your medication may need adjusting to achieve better control of your arthritis. Some GPs are able to perform joint aspiration and injection; however if your own GP cannot do this please call the advice line to discuss further and arrange an earlier review if appropriate.