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The rheumatologist with an interest in axial SpA (AS) is Dr Paul Creamer.
This is a full time specialist rheumatology physiotherapy department that offers an axial SpA (AS) education course for newly diagnosed patients (4 x 2 hours sessions) including education exercise and hydrotherapy. Patients can apply to repeat the course if they feel it is of benefit.
The department offer yearly reviews in the physiotherapy department to monitor spinal movement and symptoms.
Axial SpA (AS) biologics clinics are run by specialist physiotherapists and specialist nurses.
The team also covers Cossham Hospital.
Weekly hydrotherapy group
Link to OT for fatigue service
Telephone clinic for AS Biologic follow up (patient preference)
Structured programme to allow AS patients to reduce biologics if stable at 2 years (B-TRIM)
Participation in national research studies, especially focusing on fatigue
Patients can contact Physiotherapy when they are in flare to request a review however, the department also encourage them to use local NASS group run on every Wednesday for easy access to hydrotherapy and gym exercise.