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Arthritis sufferers 'not seeing GPs early enough'

Arthritis sufferers 'not seeing GPs early enough'
22nd July 2009

Samantha Peters, the chief executive of the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR), emphasised that rheumatoid arthritis is a complex and very painful condition and should be addressed as soon as joints become painful.

Luckily, electrified needles are being used in the US to treat patients with the condition and with a lot of success - something Ms Peters thinks is "really good news for people with arthritis".

She continued: "The earlier they are going and talking to their GP about things like swollen joints, the more likely they are to get a better long-term outcome to stay working and to lead an active life."

Ms Peters added that people should never delay doing this as long-term chances of living with arthritis will naturally escalate.

The BSR currently has around 1,500 members in the UK and abroad, with the majority of these being consultant and trainee rheumatologists.

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