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Men's Health Edition
Many people living with arthritis in Queensland have at some stage in their lives accessed our services such as the helpline, information booklets, community seminars and workshops. By offering a range of services available over the phone, online and face-to-face we aim to ensure that we have programs accessible for all Queenslanders living with arthritis. Each year we identify a new group within the community to extend our reach and this year it is men. One of the reasons is that only 20% of the callers to our helpline are men.
In this edition of Joint News, we spoke to a number of men who are living with arthritis and osteoporosis. They had some wonderful insights about how to live well with the different types of arthritis. The articles are also relevant to women with arthritis and osteoporosis. If you have a man in your life who may not have sought help for arthritis please pass this email on. You can also access more information at www.arthritis.org.au or contact our helpline on 1800 011 041 to speak to one of our dedicated health professionals.
“In March 2014, four mates came together to swap a story or two over a couple of burnt snags, share their experiences of living with various forms of arthritis, and solve the problems of the modern world…”. These were the humble beginnings of All Power to You! A video resource for men with arthritis.
The video has now gone global with a screening at the launch of the International Men's Shed Festival in Dublin.
You wake up in the morning with throbbing pain in your big toe. You can barely stand on your foot, let alone put on a sock or shoe. Gout has struck again. But is there any way to prevent an attack?
Visit the Arthritis Queensland website for our new booklet or call the free helpline on 1800 011 041.
Marcus Dobinson has worked with disability standards for many years and has implemented public standards and recommendations to assist people with all types of disabilities. For many years he had been living with pain. It was not until he had two bouts of sciatica and tests revealed he had AS that he fully understood the impact disability standards have for those who live with daily pain and disability.
For more information on ankylosing spondylitis visit the Arthritis Queensland website.
Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects the whole joint including bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles. Osteoarthritis can involve all joints of the body, but it’s most commonly found in the fingers, knees, hips, big toes and the spine.
Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential to delay progression of osteoarthritis. If you are experiencing chronic pain in any of your joints, please see your doctor for treatment and advice.
UQ is also seeking participants for a study into non-surgical solutions for knee arthritis. Click here for more information.
Our focus for World Osteoporosis Day (20th October) this year, is men living with osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle, leading to a higher risk of fractures than in normal bone. It occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, leading to a loss of bone mass or density. Currently 23% (almost a quarter) of all people with osteoporosis are men.
Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic pain in Australia and the most prevalent long-term health condition, affecting three million people of all ages or about 15 per cent of the population.
It is an invisible condition, often misunderstood by those around us. On World Arthritis Day (12th October) we aim to raise public awareness and understanding.
To read more about the Arthritis Australia World Arthritis Day research on arthritis and disability click here.
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