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Arthritis and Rheumatology Centre

Arthritis and Rheumatology Centre

Dr Andrew Teichtahl

MBBS (Hons), B.Physio (Hons), FRACP, PhD


Consultant Rheumatologist - Alfred Hospital

NHMRC Clinical Fellow - Baker IDI

Honorary Staff Member - Monash University

Secretary of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Rheumatology Association

Editorial Board - Arthritis Research & Therapy


Dr Andrew Teichtahl is a senior staff specialist at the Alfred Hospital and the National Health and Medical Research Council Fellow at the Baker International Diabetes Institute. He is a Chief Investigator on two clinical trials funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Dr Teichtahl has authored over 75 publications in internationally peer-reviewed journals examining osteoarthritis, gout, biological drugs and infections in immunocompromised patients. He has also authored several book chapters. Dr Teichtahl has been an invited speaker at both national and international conferences.

Dr Teichtahl was awarded his MBBS with Honours at The University of Melbourne whilst his Doctorate of Philosophy was completed at Monash University. Dr Andrew Teichtahl has also been awarded a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours (La Trobe University). Dr Teichtahl supervises higher degree students at Monash University and participates in training undergraduate medical students and advanced training in Rheumatology.

Andrew has a keen interest in adult rheumatology in both inflammatory and mechanical musculoskeletal health, as well as connective tissue disorders. The modern era of biological agents for the management of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis has enhanced the life of many patients failing to respond adequately to conventional therapies.

Dr Andrew Teichtahl has admitting rights at Knox Private Hospital as well as consulting at five convenient locations.


Publications


​1.         Teichtahl AJ, Wang Y, Heritier S, Wluka AE, Strauss BJ, Proietto J, Dixon JB, Jones G, Cicuttini FM. The interaction between physical activity and amount of baseline knee cartilage. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2016 Jul;55(7):1277-84.

2.         Ekram AR, Cicuttini FM, Teichtahl AJ, Crammond BR, Lombard CB, Liew SM, Urquhart DM, Wluka AE. Weight satisfaction, management strategies and health beliefs in knee osteoarthritis patients attending an outpatient clinic. Intern Med J. 2016 Apr;46(4):435-42.

3.         Fairley J, Wang Y, Teichtahl AJ, Seneviwickrama M, Wluka AE, Brady SR, Hussain SM, Liew S, Cicuttini FM. Management options for femoroacetabular impingement: a systematic review of symptom and structural outcomes. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2016 Apr 20;20(16):30048-6.

4.         Ranger TA, Teichtahl AJ, Cicuttini FM, Wang Y, Wluka AE, O'Sullivan R, Jones G, Urquhart DM. Shorter Lumbar Paraspinal Fascia Is Associated With High Intensity Low Back Pain and Disability. Spine (Phila Pa. 2016 Apr

2016 Apr;41(8):E489-93.

5.         Chou L, Brady SR, Urquhart DM, Teichtahl AJ, Cicuttini FM, Pasco JA, Brennan-Olsen SL, Wluka AE. The Association Between Obesity and Low Back Pain and Disability Is Affected by Mood Disorders: A Population-Based, Cross-Sectional Study of Men. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Apr;95(15):e3367.

6.         Teichtahl AJ, Urquhart DM, Wang Y, Wluka AE, O'Sullivan R, Jones G, Cicuttini FM. Modic changes in the lumbar spine and their association with body composition, fat distribution and intervertebral disc height - a 3.0 T-MRI study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016 Feb 19;17:92.

7.         Teichtahl AJ, Urquhart DM, Wang Y, Wluka AE, Heritier S, Cicuttini FM. Response to: 'A dose-response relationship between severity of disc degeneration and intervertebral disc height in the lumbosacral spine'-authors'

reply. Arthritis Res Ther. 2016 Feb 11;18:45.

8.         Teichtahl AJ, Brady SR, Urquhart DM, Wluka AE, Wang Y, Shaw JE, Cicuttini FM. Statins and tendinopathy: a systematic review. Med J Aust. 2016 Feb 15;204(3):115-21.e1.

9.         Teichtahl AJ, Cicuttini FM. Editorial: Pain Relief in Osteoarthritis: The Potential for a Perfect Storm. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016 Feb;68(2):270-3.

10.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Wang Y, Wijethilake PN, Strauss B, Proietto J, Dixon JB, Jones G, Forbes A, Cicuttini FM. Associations of surgical and nonsurgical weight loss with knee musculature: a cohort study of obese adults. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016 Jan;12(1):158-64.

11.       Wang Y, Teichtahl AJ, Cicuttini FM. Osteoarthritis year in review 2015: imaging. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2016 Jan;24(1):49-57

12.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Wang Y, Wijethilake PN, Strauss BJ, Proietto J, Dixon JB, Jones G, Forbes A, Cicuttini FM. Vastus medialis fat infiltration - a modifiable determinant of knee cartilage loss. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015 Dec;23(12):2150-7

13.       Teichtahl AJ, Wulidasari E, Brady SR, Wang Y, Wluka AE, Ding C, Giles GG, Cicuttini FM. A large infrapatellar fat pad protects against knee pain and lateral tibial cartilage volume loss. Arthritis Res Ther. 2015 Nov 10;17:318

14.       Teichtahl AJ, Urquhart DM, Wang Y, Wluka AE, Heritier S, Cicuttini FM. A Dose-response relationship between severity of disc degeneration and intervertebral disc height in the lumbosacral spine. Arthritis Res Ther. 2015 Oct 23;17:297.

15.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Wijethilake P, Wang Y, Ghasem-Zadeh A, Cicuttini FM. Wolff's law in action: a mechanism for early knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Res Ther. 2015 Sep 1;17:207

16.  Wluka AE, Teichtahl AJ, Maulana R, Liu BM, Wang Y, Giles GG, O'Sullivan R, Findlay D, Cicuttini FM. Bone marrow lesions can be subtyped into groups with different clinical outcomes using two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequences. Arthritis Res Ther. 2015 Sep 27;17:270.

17.       Teichtahl AJ, Morrisroe K, Ciciriello S, Jennens I, Tadros S, Wicks I. Pneumocystis jirovecci pneumonia in connective tissue diseases: Comparison with other immunocompromised patients. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2015 Aug;45(1):86-90.

18.       Teichtahl AJ, Urquhart DM, Wang Y, Wluka AE, Wijethilake P, O'Sullivan R, Cicuttini FM. Fat infiltration of paraspinal muscles is associated with low back pain, disability, and structural abnormalities in community-based adults. Spine J. 2015 Jul 1;15(7):1593-601.

19.       Teichtahl AJ, Quirk E, Harding P, Holland AE, Delany C, Hinman RS, Wluka AE, Liew SM, Cicuttini FM. Weight change following knee and hip joint arthroplasty-a six-month prospective study of adults with osteoarthritis. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2015 Jun 7;16:137.

20.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Tanamas SK, Wang Y, Strauss BJ, Proietto J, Dixon JB, Jones G, Forbes A, Cicuttini FM. Weight change and change in tibial cartilage volume and symptoms in obese adults. Ann Rheum Dis. 2015 Jun;74(6):1024-9.

21.       Teichtahl AJ, Urquhart DM, Wang Y, Wluka AE, O'Sullivan R, Jones G, Cicuttini FM. Physical inactivity is associated with narrower lumbar intervertebral discs, high fat content of paraspinal muscles and low back pain and disability. Arthritis Res Ther. 2015 May 7;17:114.

22.       Teichtahl AJ, Wang Y, Smith S, Wluka AE, Zhu M, Urquhart D, Giles GG, O'Sullivan R, Cicuttini FM. Bone geometry of the hip is associated with obesity and early structural damage--a 3.0 T magnetic resonance imaging study of community-based adults. Arthritis Res Ther. 2015 Apr 30;17:112.

23.       Teichtahl AJ, Wang Y, Smith S, Wluka AE, Urquhart D, Giles GG, Hussain SM, Cicuttini FM. Early cartilage abnormalities at the hip are associated with obesity and body composition measures - a 3.0T MRI community-based study. Arthritis Res Ther. 2015 Apr 22;17:107.

24.       Teichtahl AJ, Smith S, Wang Y, Wluka AE, O'Sullivan R, Giles GG, Cicuttini FM. Occupational risk factors for hip osteoarthritis are associated with early hip structural abnormalities: a 3.0 T magnetic resonance imaging study of community-based adults. Arthritis Res Ther. 2015 Jan 28;17:19.

25.       Liu X, Teichtahl AJ, Wicks IP. Interleukin-6 in rheumatoid arthritis - from the laboratory to the bedside. Curr Pharm Des. 2015;21(17):2187-97.

26.       Teichtahl AJ, Clemens L, Nikpour M, Romas E. A prospective study of acute inpatient gout diagnoses and management in a tertiary hospital: the determinants and outcome of a rheumatology consultation. Intern Med J. 2014

Nov;44(11):1095-9.

27.       Teichtahl AJ, Wang Y, Smith S, Wluka AE, Giles GG, Bennell KL, O'Sullivan R, Cicuttini FM. Structural changes of hip osteoarthritis using magnetic resonance imaging. Arthritis Res Ther. 2014 Oct 11;16(5):466.

28.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Wang Y, Strauss BJ, Proietto J, Dixon JB, Jones G, Forbes A, Kouloyan-Ilic S, Martel-Pelletier J, Pelletier JP, Cicuttini FM. The longitudinal relationship between changes in body weight and changes in medial tibial cartilage, and pain among community-based adults with and without meniscal tears. Ann Rheum Dis. 2014 Sep;73(9):1652-8

29.       Mezhov V, Teichtahl AJ, Strasser R, Wluka AE, Cicuttini FM. Meniscal pathology - the evidence for treatment. Arthritis Res Ther. 2014;16(2):206.

30.       Teichtahl AJ, McColl G. An approach to neck pain for the family physician. Aust Fam Physician. 2013 Nov;42(11):774-7.

31.       Lim YZ, Wang Y, Wluka AE, Davies-Tuck ML, Teichtahl A, Urquhart DM, Cicuttini FM. Are biomechanical factors, meniscal pathology, and physical activity risk factors for bone marrow lesions at the knee? A systematic review. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2013 Oct;43(2):187-94.

32.       Wang Y, Wluka AE, Berry PA, Siew T, Teichtahl AJ, Urquhart DM, Lloyd DG, Jones G, Cicuttini FM. Increase in vastus medialis cross-sectional area is associated with reduced pain, cartilage loss, and joint replacement risk in knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2012 Dec;64(12):3917-25

33.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Wang Y, Forbes A, Davies-Tuck ML, English DR, Giles GG, Cicuttini FM. Effect of long-term vigorous physical activity on healthy adult knee cartilage. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 Jun;44(6):985-92.

34.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Strauss BJ, Wang Y, Berry P, Davies-Tuck M, Cicuttini FM. The associations between body and knee height measurements and knee joint structure in an asymptomatic cohort. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2012 Feb 15;13:19.

35.       Teichtahl AJ, Hanna F, Wluka AE, Urquhart DM, Wang Y, English DR, Giles GG, Cicuttini FM. A flatter proximal trochlear groove is associated with patella cartilage loss. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 Mar;44(3):496-500.

36.       Wang Y, Simpson JA, Wluka AE, Teichtahl AJ, English DR, Giles GG, Graves S, Cicuttini FM. Is physical activity a risk factor for primary knee or hip replacement due to osteoarthritis? A prospective cohort study. J Rheumatol. 2011 Feb;38(2):350-7.

37.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Wang Y, Urquhart DM, Hanna FS, Berry PA, Jones G, Cicuttini FM. Occupational activity is associated with knee cartilage morphology in females. Maturitas. 2010 May;66(1):72-6

38.       Tanamas SK, Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Wang Y, Davies-Tuck M, Urquhart DM, Jones G, Cicuttini FM. The associations between indices of patellofemoral geometry and knee pain and patella cartilage volume: a cross-sectional study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2010 May 10;11:87.

39.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Forbes A, Wang Y, English DR, Giles GG, Cicuttini FM. Longitudinal effect of vigorous physical activity on patella cartilage morphology in people without clinical knee disease. Arthritis Rheum. 2009 Aug 15;61(8):1095-102.

40.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Wang Y, Hanna F, English DR, Giles GG, Cicuttini FM. Obesity and adiposity are associated with the rate of patella cartilage volume loss over 2 years in adults without knee osteoarthritis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2009 Jun;68(6):909-13.

41.       Hanna FS, Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Wang Y, Urquhart DM, English DR, Giles GG, Cicuttini FM. Women have increased rates of cartilage loss and progression of cartilage defects at the knee than men: a gender study of adults without clinical knee osteoarthritis. Menopause. 2009 Jul-Aug;16(4):666-70.

42.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Morris ME, Davis SR, Cicuttini FM. The associations between the dominant and nondominant peak external knee adductor moments during gait in healthy subjects: evidence for symmetry. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2009 Feb;90(2):320-4.

43.       Teichtahl AJ, Davies-Tuck ML, Wluka AE, Jones G, Cicuttini FM. Change in knee angle influences the rate of medial tibial cartilage volume loss in knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2009 Jan;17(1):8-11.

44.       Wang Y, Simpson JA, Wluka AE, Teichtahl AJ, English DR, Giles GG, Graves S, Cicuttini FM. Relationship between body adiposity measures and risk of primary knee and hip replacement for osteoarthritis: a prospective cohort study. Arthritis Res Ther. 2009;11(2):R31.

45.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Davies-Tuck ML, Cicuttini FM. Imaging of knee osteoarthritis. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2008 Dec;22(6):1061-74.

46.       Wijayaratne SP, Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Hanna F, Bell R, Davis SR, Adams J, Cicuttini FM. The determinants of change in patella cartilage volume--a cohort study of healthy middle-aged women. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2008 Sep;47(9):1426-9.

47.       Berry PA, Hanna FS, Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Urquhart DM, Bell RJ, Davis SR, Cicuttini FM. Vastus medialis cross-sectional area is associated with patella cartilage defects and bone volume in healthy women. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2008 Aug;16(8):956-60.

48.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Cicuttini FM. Frontal plane knee alignment is associated with a longitudinal reduction in patella cartilage volume in people with knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2008 Jul;16(7):851-4.

49.       Davies-Tuck ML, Wluka AE, Wang Y, Teichtahl AJ, Jones G, Ding C, Cicuttini FM. The natural history of cartilage defects in people with knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2008 Mar;16(3):337-42.

50.       Janakiramanan N, Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Ding C, Jones G, Davis SR, Cicuttini FM. Static knee alignment is associated with the risk of unicompartmental knee cartilage defects. J Orthop Res. 2008 Feb;26(2):225-30.

51.       Teichtahl AJ, Wang Y, Wluka AE, Cicuttini FM. Obesity and knee osteoarthritis: new insights provided by body composition studies. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Feb;16(2):232-40.

52.       Teichtahl AJ, Wang Y, Wluka AE, Szramka M, English DR, Giles GG, O'Sullivan R, Cicuttini FM. The longitudinal relationship between body composition and patella cartilage in healthy adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Feb;16(2):421-7.

53.       Davies-Tuck M, Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Wang Y, Urquhart DM, Cui J, Cicuttini FM. Femoral sulcus angle and increased patella facet cartilage volume in an osteoarthritic population. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2008 Jan;16(1):131-5.

54.       Berry PA, Teichtahl AJ, Galevska-Dimitrovska A, Hanna FS, Wluka AE, Wang Y, Urquhart DM, English DR, Giles GG, Cicuttini FM. Vastus medialis cross-sectional area is positively associated with patella cartilage and bone volumes in a pain-free community-based population. Arthritis Res Ther. 2008;10(6):R143.

55.       Davies-Tuck ML, Wluka AE, Teichtahl AJ, Martel-Pelletier J, Pelletier JP, Jones G, Ding C, Davis SR, Cicuttini FM. Association between meniscal tears and the peak external knee adduction moment and foot rotation during level walking in postmenopausal women without knee osteoarthritis: a cross-sectional study. Arthritis Res Ther. 2008;10(3):R58.

56.       Urquhart DM, Soufan C, Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Hanna F, Cicuttini FM. Factors that may mediate the relationship between physical activity and the risk for developing knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Res Ther. 2008;10(1):203

57.       Racunica TL, Teichtahl AJ, Wang Y, Wluka AE, English DR, Giles GG, O'Sullivan R, Cicuttini FM. Effect of physical activity on articular knee joint structures in community-based adults. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Oct 15;57(7):1261-8.

58.       Teichtahl AJ, Parkins K, Hanna F, Wluka AE, Urquhart DM, English DR, Giles GG, Cicuttini FM. The relationship between the angle of the trochlear groove and patella cartilage and bone morphology--a cross-sectional study of healthy adults. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2007 Oct;15(10):1158-62.

59.       Hanna F, Teichtahl AJ, Bell R, Davis SR, Wluka AE, O'Sullivan R, Cicuttini FM. The cross-sectional relationship between fortnightly exercise and knee cartilage properties in healthy adult women in midlife. Menopause. 2007 Sep-Oct;14(5):830-4.

60.       Urquhart DM, Wluka AE, Teichtahl AJ, Cicuttini FM. The effect of physical activity on the knee joint: is it good or bad? Br J Sports Med. 2007 Sep;41(9):546-7.

61.       Wang Y, Wluka AE, English DR, Teichtahl AJ, Giles GG, O'Sullivan R, Cicuttini FM. Body composition and knee cartilage properties in healthy, community-based adults. Ann Rheum Dis. 2007 Sep;66(9):1244-8

62.       Hanna FS, Bell RJ, Davis SR, Wluka AE, Teichtahl AJ, O'Sullivan R, Cicuttini FM. Factors affecting patella cartilage and bone in middle-aged women. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Mar 15;57(2):272-8.

63.       Teichtahl AJ, Wang Y, Cicuttini FM. Obesity and rural health--a neglected risk factor for knee osteoarthritis. Rural Remote Health. 2007 Jan-Mar;7(1):698.

64.       Teichtahl AJ, Cicuttini FM, Janakiramanan N, Davis SR, Wluka AE. Static knee alignment and its association with radiographic knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2006 Sep;14(9):958-62.

66.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Morris ME, Davis SR, Cicuttini FM. The relationship between the knee adduction moment and knee pain in middle-aged women without radiographic osteoarthritis. J Rheumatol. 2006 Sep;33(9):1845-8.

67.       Teichtahl AJ, Morris ME, Wluka AE, Baker R, Wolfe R, Davis SR, Cicuttini FM. Foot rotation--a potential target to modify the knee adduction moment. J Sci Med Sport. 2006 May;9(1-2):67-71.

68.       Teichtahl AJ, Jackson BD, Morris ME, Wluka AE, Baker R, Davis SR, Cicuttini FM. Sagittal plane movement at the tibiofemoral joint influences patellofemoral joint structure in healthy adult women. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2006 Apr;14(4):331-6.

69.       Cicuttini FM, Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Davis S, Strauss BJ, Ebeling PR. The relationship between body composition and knee cartilage volume in healthy, middle-aged subjects. Arthritis Rheum. 2005 Feb;52(2):461-7.

70.       Powell A, Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Cicuttini FM. Obesity: a preventable risk factor for large joint osteoarthritis which may act through biomechanical factors. Br J Sports Med. 2005 Jan;39(1):4-5.

71.       Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Proietto J, Cicuttini FM. Obesity and the female sex, risk factors for knee osteoarthritis that may be attributable to systemic or local leptin biosynthesis and its cellular effects. Med Hypotheses. 2005;65(2):312-5.

72.       Jackson BD, Wluka AE, Teichtahl AJ, Morris ME, Cicuttini FM. Reviewing knee osteoarthritis--a biomechanical perspective. J Sci Med Sport. 2004 Sep;7(3):347-57

73.       Jackson BD, Teichtahl AJ, Morris ME, Wluka AE, Davis SR, Cicuttini FM. The effect of the knee adduction moment on tibial cartilage volume and bone size in healthy women. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2004 Mar;43(3):311-4.

74.       Teichtahl A, Wluka A, Cicuttini FM. Abnormal biomechanics: a precursor or result of knee osteoarthritis? Br J Sports Med. 2003 Aug;37(4):289-90.

75.       Teichtahl AJ, Morris ME, Wluka AE, Bach TM, Cicuttini FM. A comparison of gait patterns between the offspring of people with medial tibiofemoral osteoarthritis and normal controls. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2003 Jul-Aug;21(4):421-3.