Tuesday, 6 October 2015 9:00:00 AM Australia/Melbourne

Arthritis is a very common condition in Australia affecting people of all ages and from all walks of life. Its symptoms often have a big impact on the daily lives of people, and although arthritis can be difficult to live with, there are many simple measures that can help anyone manage their symptoms.

One of the most common conditions affecting Australians today is arthritis. Arthritis-related problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage and surrounding structures. This can result in joint weakness, instability and deformities that can interfere with the most basic daily tasks such as walking, driving a car and preparing food. There is no cure and living with arthritis can be different from person to person. For each individual, symptoms can vary from day to day. Treatment and management options vary with the type of arthritis, its severity and the parts of the body affected. Management options can include medical treatment and medication, physiotherapy, exercise and self-management techniques.

We recommend you work with your healthcare professional to develop a management system and choose the equipment right for you.

Some suggestions for coping with arthritis include:

  • Keep the affected joints warm whenever possible (eg. wearing gloves outside in winter)
  • Maintain your flexibility and stay mobile where possible to keep joints active
  • Arthritis creams, gels and balms can temporarily relieve minor pain associated with arthritis, simple backache, muscle strains, and muscle sprains

More support
Arthritis Australia offers a wealth of support and information to arthritis sufferers – visit their website www.arthritisaustralia.com.au or call their information line on 1800 011 041.

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