The first step in managing your arthritis is to obtain a diagnosis. For that, you’ll need to see your doctor.
Your healthcare team
Your doctor may send you to a specialist, or may suggest that you see an allied health professional (for example, a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or dietitian).
Your healthcare team is made up of a number of individuals – you, your health care professionals, and your family, friends and other
supportive community groups.
You are at the centre of your healthcare team, because you make the final decisions about your health care.
Your doctors and health professionals have the knowledge and experience to help you to make informed decisions.
Your family and friends may be able to support you by talking to you about the decisions that you make.
To get the most out of any visit with a doctor or a health professional, it helps to:
Your doctor and health professionals will be a great start to learning about your arthritis. They might also tell you how you can learn more.
Ring the Arthritis Queensland Infoline - 1800 011 041. Our experienced and knowledgeable health educators can answer questions,
send you an information pack and tell you about support groups and other services that may help you.
By learning as much as you can about your arthritis, and working with your healthcare team to determine the best treatment options for you, you can come up with a treatment plan. A treatment plan is a combination of treatments that help you to manage your arthritis.Your treatment plan may include:
Many people find that having a treatment plan is reassuring, and keeps them ‘on track’ during the ups and downs of living with arthritis.
Developed by Arthritis Australia and Bupa Health Foundation, this online initiative has been endorsed by scientific experts and provides tools to assist individuals to manage and track their joint pain.
The My Joint Pain website and online tools are based on the combined knowledge of a committee of medical and scientific experts in key areas of surgical, scientific, allied health, medical, and consumer advocacy.
It offers three main support functions. Firstly, the user will answer questions about their situation. Then they receive a summary of their risk of hip or knee osteoarthritis, and management options. In addition, they receive regular updates and ongoing support to keep them on track with managing their joint pain.