“Speaking to my local Arthritis Foundation was the best thing I ever did. They have great information and really understand what it is like to live with arthritis”Read More
- Balancing work, rest and play
- Saving energy
“I alternate periods of activity and periods of rest to get the most out of my life – most importantly I make sure that I have the time and energy to have fun”Read More
- Healthy eating and arthritis
- Diet and gout
- Fish oil and supplements
“I used to eat for comfort and that just made me feel worse. Now I have a healthy diet and do regular exercise – I feel better than I have in years!”Read More
- On how to cope with the changes arthritis brings
- Dealing with emotions
- Sex and arthritis
“I used to hide my feelings and bottle it up, this just made it worse. Now I have a support team who I can talk to”Read More
- Things you can do to deal with your pain
- Medicines and arthritis
- Workshops on pain management
“Relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing help to decrease muscle tension and stress”Read More
- decreasing the pain and increasing flexibility in your joints and muscles
- strengthening muscles; and improving your posture and balance.
- Physical activity and arthritis
- Examples of exercises suitable for people with arthritis
- Maintaining healthy bones
“Attending my warm water exercise class keeps me mobile and helps with my pain – I just love it”Read More
- your type of arthritis and the joints affected
- the amount of pain or other symptoms you experience, and its impact on your lifestyle.
- Physical therapies including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry
- Medicines including prescription, non-prescription and complementary medicines
- Exercise, healthy eating, finding a balance between activity and rest
- Pain management techniques such as relaxation and meditation; and
- Emotional and social support
- Medicines and arthritis
- Complementary therapies
- Supplements and arthritis
- Physical activity
- Healthy Eating
- Massage and arthritis
“My key to managing my arthritis means balancing my physical activity and rest, eating well and being surrounded by supportive people”Read More
- How to work effectively with your healthcare team
“I know my body best, so it makes sense that I be a key member of my healthcare team”Read More
What to expect when you go to the doctorWhen you first visit your doctor, you will be asked a number of questions about your symptoms including:
- How long you have experienced pain?
- Which joints are affected?
- When you get pain and what seems to cause it?
- What makes the joint feel better or worse?
- Whether anyone else in your family has had arthritis or joint pain?
- The types of arthritis
- Arthritis and specific joints of the body
- Blood tests for arthritis
“Early diagnosis and treatment can limit the effects of arthritis on your life”Read More
Arthritis - what is it?Arthritis is not a single disease. The word ‘arthritis’ is a name for a group of more than 100 conditions that affect the joints. Arthritis can affect many different parts of the joint and nearly every joint in the body. People can be affected in all sorts of different ways but the most common symptoms of arthritis are pain, stiffness and swelling in one or more joints. The three most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Sometimes getting a true understanding about your condition can be a bit like a puzzle – information gives you the pieces bit by bit. For more information refer to the following information sheets:
- What is arthritis?
- Different types of arthritis
- Symptoms of the most common types of arthritis
“once you have a diagnosis, there is a lot you can do”Read More
Taking the First Step. Help to Get yourself moving.
Want to be able to move more with less pain? Not sure where to start? Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania has produced a new resource booklet to help you get started. It contains information, tips and practical strategies to help you to gain confidence to start safely on a path to moving more. The booklet was funded through a grant from the Healthy Tasmania Fund through the Tasmanian Government. Download a copy of the booklet here
[UPDATED] COVID-19 Vaccination for Rheumatology Patients
The Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) has provided an updated Q&A information sheet on COVID-19 vaccination for rheumatology patients. The sheet covering questions such as Why is it important for me to have the vaccine?; Will the drugs that I take for my condition affect the way the vaccine works? and When will people with rheumatology conditions receive the vaccine? Can be downloaded here.
Tasmanians with arthritis deserve better. The time has come to act.
Arthritis & Osteoporosis has released its Election Priorities Statement 2021, calling on the next elected Tasmanian Government to immediately act to improve arthritis information, education, treatment and support. In particular, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania calls for a commitment to:
- Development of a strategic, cohesive and appropriately resourced musculoskeletal model of care for Tasmania as an immediate priority. Central to this model will be the establishment of a State-wide Musculoskeletal Triaging and Assessment Service (MTAS) – a single point of entry for rheumatology referrals, assessment and treatment pathways.
- Establishment of an appropriately resourced multi-disciplinary specialist rheumatology and persistent pain service (1FTE rheumatologist, with allied health service support) based in Launceston to improve access and health outcomes for those living in the north and north west regions of Tasmania.
- Additional resourcing of Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania to extend its evidence-based community education and self-management programs to the north and north west regions.
The Joint Movement
Strength Training Program
Take the first step to a healthier you. The Joint Movement Strength Training Program is a 12 week group exercise program led by a trained exercise professional. Program includes a pre-exercise assessment. Vacancies are currently available in programs at Lindisfarne, Old Beach, South Hobart and Online.
Cost: $12 per session ($10 AOTas Members)
Bookings: (03) 6228 4824
Would you like to gain or further develop your professional knowledge and skills in the areas of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions?
Arthritis Essentials is a competency based, nationally accredited unit of competency, designed to provide healthcare professionals working with or supporting people with arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions, with an easily accessible means of professional development.
Continuously available online at https://online.arthritistas.org.au
For more information click here.