Patient Information

Everyone has a right to be given full and accurate information about the nature of one’s illnesses, diagnostic procedures, the proposed treatment and risks associated therewith and the costs involved.
At the Winelands Rheumatology Centre we aim to provide you with the the best care, support and education about your specific medical condition.

For additional information on your medical condition, please consult our patient care leaflets below.

Patient information leaflets provided by:
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a rheumatic disease1 that affects the spine and may lead to some degree of stiffness of the back. Click book to Read More..

  • Arthritis in Children

    Parents are frequently surprised to know that children can get arthritis. 2They are also often told that there is very little which can be done, but this is un-true as these days a great deal of help is available. Click book to Read More..

  • Back Pain

    This information is aimed at people who have more persis­tent (long-3lasting) back pain. It explains some of the causes of back pain and what can be done to help it and prevent it happening again. Click book to Read More..

  • Biologics

    Injectable drugs referred to as biologic DMARDs (Disease-Modifying 4Antirheumatic Drugs)–or simply, biologics–are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic condition in which the immune system, which normally fights infection, attacks the lining of the joints, causing swelling, stiffness and pain. If left untreated, it can lead to irreversible joint damage. Click book to Read More..

  • Bursitis

    Gout, rheumatoid arthritis and infection are common causes of bursitis. Click book to Read More..5

  • Bursitis - Afr.

    Jig, rumatoïde artritis en infeksie is algemene oorsake van bursitis. Click book to Read More..6

  • Dieet en Oefening

    Daar verskyn heelwat verwarrende raad oor dieet in tydskrifte en boeke 7en ‘n mens kry baie voedselaanvullings wat daarop aanspraak maak dat hulle met artritis help.Click book to Read More..



  • Drugs and Arthritis

    ‘Arthritis’ means inflammation of joints. Many different drugs are used 8in its treatment. The purpose of this information is to describe the role of drugs in the treatment of arthritis Click book to Read More..

  • Feet and Footwear

    You can do a lot to help keep your feet in good shape. If you are fairly 9healthy and your skin is in good condition then you may be able to manage your feet quite well without any help.Click book to Read More..

  • Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia is a name for widespread pain affecting the muscles but 10not the joints. It will not cause permanent damage to tissues but the symptoms may last for months or years. Click book to Read More..



  • Fibromialgie - Afr.

    Fibromialgie is ’n naam wat gegee word aan wydverspreide pyn wat die 1(1)spiere aantas, maar nie die gewrigte nie. Dit sal nie permanente skade aan weefsels veroorsaak nie, maar die simptome kan vir maande of jare voortduur. Click book to Read More..

  • Gout

    People get gout because there is something wrong with the chemical 2(1)processes of their body. Uric acid (which we all have in our blood) can build up and form crystals in the joints and cause them to feel acutely painful. Click book to Read More..

  • Joint Hypermobility

    If you have joint hypermobility, some or all of your joints will have an 3(1)unusually large range of movement. Click book to Read More..




  • Joint Replacement Surgery

    The primary reasons for having joint replacement surgery are severe 4(1)pain and/or inability to per­form necessary daily activities. Click book to Read More..

  • Lupus (SLE) Eng.

    It is one of the auto-immune rheumatic diseases, caused by a fault in the 5(1)body’s immune system. The immune system normally produces antibodies to fight infections. In people with autoimmune diseases, antibodies are produced which act against certain body tissues and cause inflamma­tion Click book to Read More..

    Read more at the Lupus Foundation

  • Lupus (SLE) Afr.

    Dit is een van die outo-immuun-rumatieksiektes wat deur ’n fout in die 6(1)liggaam se immuunstelsel veroorsaak word. Die immuunstelsel produseer gewoonlik teenliggaampies om infeksies te bekamp. By mense met outo-immuun­siektes word teenliggaampies geproduseer wat teen sekere liggaamsweefsels reageer en infeksie veroor­saak Click book to Read More..

    Read more at the Lupus Foundation

  • Osteoarthritis Afr.

    OA is ’n soort van gewrigsontsteking waar skade voorkom aan die 7(1)oppervlakte van die gewrigte saam met die onreëlmatige voorkoms van die naby geleë beendere. ‘Ostea’ beteken been en ‘artritis’ beteken beskadiging van die gewrig en inflammasie. Verskeie ander woorde word soms gebruik om die siekte te beskrywe, soos ‘arthrosis’ en ‘ontaarde agteruitgaande gewrigs ontsteking’. Hierdie beskrywings verwys almal na dieselfde soort siekte. Click book to Read More..

  • Osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis is a disease which affects joints in the body.8(1) The surface of the joint is damaged and the surrounding bone grows thicker. ‘Osteo’ means bone and ‘arthritis’ means joint damage and swelling (inflammation). Other words used to describe osteoarthritis are ‘osteoarthrosis’, ‘arthrosis’ and ‘degenerative joint disease’. Click book to Read More..

  • Osteoporosis

    The word ‘osteoporosis’ means, literally, ‘porous bone’. It is a condition 9(1)where you gradually lose bone material so that your bones become more fragile. As a result, they are more likely to break even after a simple fall. Osteoporosis is common in South Africa.

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  • Pagets Disease

    Paget’s disease affects bone growth. The abnormality occurs in the bone 10(1)cells. The regular, ordered process of bone loss and formation doesn’t take place properly. Click book to Read More..

  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica

    Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) usually, but not always, occurs in people 11of the older age groups (60+). The main symptoms are a feeling of severe stiffness and aching in the neck, shoulder and hip areas, sometimes so bad that a person might for instance hardly be able to get up from a chair or climb a couple of stairs. Click book to Read More..

  • Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis

    Polymyositis affects mainly the large muscles of the body, such as those 12around the shoulders, hips, and thighs. If you suffer from it you may have difficulty climbing stairs, getting up from low chairs, and get­ting in and out of the bath. Click book to Read More..

  • Psoriatic Arthritis (Cover)

    Psoriatic arthritis causes inflammation in and around the joints, usu­13ally in people who already have the skin condition psoriasis. Sometimes, however, the arthritis develops before the psoriasis. Click book to Read More..

  • Psoriatic Arthritis (Booklet)

    Psoriasis can affect the nails with 14pitting, discoloration and thickening. Sometimes the joint at the end of the finger or toe can also be inflamed. Click book to Read More..

  • Pyn en Artritis

    By osteoartritis raak die kraakbeen wat die opper-vlakke van die bene in 15gewrigte bedek, grof en dun. As gevolg daarvan raak die onderliggende been beskadig en veroorsaak dit pyn, styfheid en misvorming. Click book to Read More..

  • Quick Exercises

    A series of quick exercises to help easy the pain and stiffness in muscles 16and joints Click book to Read More..

  • Reynauds Phenomenon

    If you have Raynaud’s phenomenon your hands, and sometimes your 17feet, change colour when exposed to cold con­ditions. Typically the hands go white, then blue, then red as follows: Click book to Read More..

  • Reactive Arthritis

    The term ‘reactive arthritis’ is used to describe inflammation (heat, pain 18and swelling) in the joints that can develop after you have had a bacterial or viral infection somewhere else in the body. Click book to Read More..


  • Reaktiewe Artritis - Afr.

    Die term ‘reaktiewe artritis’ word gebruik om inflammasie (hitte, pyn en 19swelling) wat ná ’n bakteriële of virusinfeksie op ’n ander plek iewers in die liggaam in die gewrigte kan ontwikkel, te beskryf. Click book to Read More..

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the joints in the body become 20inflamed. Managing rheumatoid arthritis involves a team of people, but you are the most important member of that team. The more you know, the more you will be able to contribute effectively to the management of your disease. Click book to Read More..

  • Rumatoide Artritis


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  • Scleroderma

    Scleroderma is an uncommon, chronic (persistent) disease. It affects the22 “connective tissues” which surround the joints, blood vessels and internal organs beneath the affected area of skin. Click book to Read More..

    Join the scleroderma discussion group

  • Seronegative

    Sero-negative arthritis is used by doctors as an umbrella term for two 23 different conditions: sero-negative rheumatoid arthritis and seronegative Click book to Read More..

  • Sjogrens Syndrome

    Sjogrens Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder of the exocrine glands in which the body’s 24immune system does not work properly. The most common symptoms are dry eyes or a dry mouth (sometimes both together), and feeling very tired and aching. Click book to Read More..

  • Understanding Arthritis (Pamphlet)

    Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. In many25 patients (eg.rheumatoid arthritis) there is marked inflammation of the joints with pain, swelling and limitation of movement but there is little or no swelling of the joint (eg. Osteoarthritis). Click book to Read More..

  • Understanding Arthritis (Booklet)

    In this booklet you will find information26 about arthritis itself; the kinds of treatment that are available; ways of coping; how to get help; and how to develop your own skills to manage the condition. Click book to Read More..

  • Unproven Remedies

    It is for you to decide how you wish to be treated, and taking harmless 27substances is your right, but you need to remember; Click book to Read More..


  • Vasculitis

    Vasculitis means that blood vessels are inflamed. When part of your 28body is inflamed, it swells and is usually uncomfortable or painful (although with many types of vasculitis you will not be able to see any swelling on the outside of the body). Click book to Read More..

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