patients go to family General Practitioner for
advice. Therefore it is important that the General
Practitioner recognizes the disease and begins
appropriate therapy. The GP should take help from
a specialist before planning a long term management
strategy. This may be particularly important in
chronic, progressive or deforming type of arthritis.
A physiotherapist should form part of the term.
In case of deformities, an orthopedic surgeon
needs to be consulted for advice regarding the
role of surgery. Medical social workers can be
useful in educating the patient about their disease
Therefore, a continuous team effort is required
to effectively manage chronic arthritis.