Arthritis Managment

Providing Relief Of Arthritic Symptoms

Arthritis Management

Osteoarthritis is characterised by joint pain and mobility impairment associated with the gradual wearing of cartilage. There is no cure for osteoarthritis.

The Arthritis Management program provided by HFRC is aimed at providing increased joint mobility and function, symptom relief, and improved quality of life.

Key Benefits

The arthritis management program may provide symptom relief, improved joint mobility and optimised quality of life whilst deferring or decreasing the need for surgical intervention. 1

Comprehensive Arthritis Management

The Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners recommend physical therapy, hydrotherapy, exercise and weight loss for patients with osteoarthritis.

The arthritis management service provides optimal treatment for patients with osteoarthritis by providing a single-point-of-access to the recommended treatment options.

The service includes treatment by  HFRC’s physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and remedial massage therapists within the purpose built rehabilitation facility. Patients have access to our specialised hydrotherapy pool, resistance training and medical ergometers.

Land Based Exercise

Physical exercise is effective in increasing muscles strength and range of motion, physical functioning, aerobic capacity, and pain reduction for patients with osteoarthritis. It is also effective in facilitating weight control and reducing the risk of developing other chronic diseases.

As part of the arthritis management service, accredited exercise physiologists provide supervised resistance and aerobic training tailored for each individual.

Hydrotherapy (Aquatic Exercise)

Aquatic based exercise is better tolerated than land based activities for most osteoarthritic patients.

Similar benefits to land based activities can be achieved with reduced stress to affected joints.23

Hydrotherapy is performed on-site in our purpose built facilities, under the supervision of an accredited exercise physiologist or physiotherapist.

Weight Loss

Weight loss is an essential primary preventive strategy for osteoarthritis.4

Weight loss provides an improvement in symptomatic pain and disability in overweight patients.5

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is effective in reducing pain associated with osteoarthritis through improving range of motion, joint mobility, muscle strength and flexibility.2 7

The physical therapy treatment provided is focused on muscle stretching, joint mobilisation and range of motion exercises.

Self Management Education

Self management education can assist patients in achieving decreased pain and improved quality of life.

As part of the arthritis management service, patients receive education on osteoarthritis and develop practical skills to reduce pain and minimise the impact the disease has on their life.

Alternative OA Services

Patients with osteoarthritis may also be interested in our pre-habilitation service and/or our post-surgery rehabilitation service if joint replacement is required. Services offered within the comprehensive arthritis management service can also be accessed individually.

  1. Deyle GD, Henderson NE, Matekel RL, Ryder MG, Garber MB, Allison SC. Effectiveness of Manual Physical Therapy and Exercise in Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2000
  2. Clark B. Rheumatology: Physical and occupational therapy in the management of arthritis. CMAJ. 2000;163(8):999–1005.
  3. Manek N, Lane N. Osteoarthritis: current concepts in diagnosis and management. American Family Physician. 2000;61(6):1795– 804
  4. Manek N, Lane N. Osteoarthritis: current concepts in diagnosis and management. American Family Physician. 2000;61(6):1795– 804
  5. Clark B. Rheumatology: Physical and occupational therapy in the management of arthritis. CMAJ. 2000;163(8):999–1005.
  6. Hunter D, Felson D. Osteoarthritis: Effective pain management for patients with arthritis. BMJ. 2006;332:639–42.
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