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.
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.
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.
Aquatic based exercise is better tolerated than land based activities for most osteoarthritic patients.
Hydrotherapy is performed on-site in our purpose built facilities, under the supervision of an accredited exercise physiologist or physiotherapist.
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.
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.