Arthritis

The term arthritis is used to describe over 150 different conditions. It is a general term used to describe conditions which cause joint inflammation.
  • Nearly one in five Australians has arthritis.
  • Arthritis is Australia's major cause of disability and pain
  • Arthritis can affect people at any age
  • Most forms of arthritis are thought to be a reaction of the body against its own joint tissues.
  • Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, polymyalgia rheumatica , ankylosing spondylitis are all forms of arthritis.
  • Arthritis is not considered curable, but is treatable.
Recommendations:
  • Understand the type of arthritis you have to best understand treatment options
  • Stay active
  • Learn how to manage pain
  • If fatigue is an issue, work on balancing rest and activities
As with most chronic diseases self management is the best option. The Arthritis Foundation runs self management courses (http://www.arthritis.org.au/).

Cheryle Davies
Clergy Healthcare Coordinator
0448 846 608

  • Created: 03 June 2010
  • Modified: 30 November -0001