The Constantia Arthritis Clinic (Registered cc)

Several myths and misconceptions surround the Arthritis diseases.

1. That Arthritis is a single disease, whereas in fact there are over 100 varieties.
2. That Arthritis is not treatable, whereas many types are in fact able to be appropriately treated, in order to maintain function and prevent progression of disease.
3. That Arthritis problems are purely seen in the elderly, whereas in fact many forms occur in young people and in fact even children.
4. That Arthritis is a benign disease, whereas in fact many sub-types produce significant morbidity - sickness, and even potential mortality - death.

A Rheumatologist is a specialist in disease of bone and joint

In order to best treat these diseases, a multidisciplinary approach is the most ideal. Care is hence centralized around the patient, a Rheumatologist, the family Doctor, and allied professionals, including Nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthopaedic Surgeon's, Neurosurgeons, Neurologist's and General Physician specialists. Such a unit is now constituted at the Constantia Arthritis Clinic. The clinic is located at Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic, under the directorship of Dr David Gotlieb, a registered Rheumatologist and Specialist Physician.

The Clinic provides:

  • Access to full clinical and diagnostic facilities.
  • Access to Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Orthopedic workshop facilities.
  • Access to a full range of Orthopedic surgeons, specializing in all the different joints, and with the best Surgical skills, should the need arise.
  • Rehabilitation is also a significant aspect of the facilities available, and we have access to the finest physiotherapists, available, specialized in Arthritis.
  • Full in-patient facilities in the Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic are available.

Diagnostic facilities, at the hospital, include

  • A fine Radiology department, with up to date equipment, including magnetic resonance.
  • Full pathology laboratory facilities.

Ongoing continuing medical education, and a limited Research program, are actively undertaken.
In addition, the Arthritis Clinic maintains international links via the Internet and has produced one of the largest Rheumatologist Arthritis websites in the world, maintained by Dr Gotlieb, as drdoc on-line.


To understand what is done in an arthritis clinic examination
To ask the right questions when you see a doctor


Contact Numbers for the Unit are:

Telephone:  27-21-7976699
Fax : 27-21-7974304 / 7970802
Email :
Internet :
Address :
G13 Constantiaberg Medi-clinic, Burnham rd, Plumstead, Cape 7800. South Africa