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Rheumatology FIFTEEN

The field of rheumatology covers all

conditions which affect joints, bones,

muscles and tendons. These can

range from shoulder stiffness or knee

discomfort following unusual exercise,

through to more chronic conditions

such as lower back pain, joint swelling

or generalised stiffness.

Whatever the condition, it has become clear that

early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve the


The past 20 years have seen a revolution in the

treatment of rheumatic disorders, with advances in the

fields of orthopaedics, physiotherapy and rheumatology.

Advances in rheumatology have not just been made

possible through the discovery of new drugs, but also

through improved radiology and scanning techniques.

With continued progress in orthopaedics and sports

medicine, this means that many general rheumatic

conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis

and lupus can now be brought completely under

control if diagnosed and treated early. And chronic

conditions once considered ‘difficult’, such as lower back

pain, shoulder problems and knee arthritis can now be

successfully treated.

Our Consultant Rheumatologists have experience

in the diagnosis and management of work-related

musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr Jon Houghton

Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr Jon Houghton holds clinics

at Sevenoaks Medical Centre

every Wednesday morning and

Friday (AM/PM). He gained

his completion of specialist

training in Rheumatology from

the prestigious London training

scheme in 2006. He sees a

wide range of rheumatological

complaints, including osteoarthritis,

inflammatory arthritis, gout, soft

tissue rheumatism and back pain.

He has extensive experience

of rheumatology, rehabilitation

and sports injury across the

NHS, military and elite sport



at Sevenoaks Medical Centre

To book an appointment with us, please contact our GP Liaison Department on:


01732 775 800

or Email:

[email protected]