A practising GP has ten brief minutes to tell you everything you need to know about the disease he or she has just diagnosed.
Sometimes it takes people half that time just to take their coat off.
Research has shown that most people remember only one or two things said to them in a consultation.
At a time of an ever aging population, and an increasing burden of arthritis, means an increasing need for reliable information.
This book by a GP covers all aspects of arthritis, from common everyday aches and pains, to rarer forms of the disease.
The book aims to help those with arthritis understand a little more about their disease, how they can help themselves, and what treatments are on offer.
It also looks at some future developments in the treatment of arthritis.
Topics include: Rheumatoid arthritis Osteo-arthritis Other arthritis, such as gout, juvenile onset and some of the less common causes of joint discomfort Prevention Conventional treatments including medication Complementary therapies - including evidence base where applicable. Diet and exercise Surgery Current research and the future