A step by step guide to taking control of your arthritis. An overall guide by your Exercise Physiolo

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

With over 100 different types of arthritis, creating a management plan for arthritis can sometimes get confusing. As an allied health professional, we encourage individuals to spend the time to educate themselves through the correct avenues about their condition. There is not one sole treatment for each person; taking a holistic approach and following these basic steps will allow you to have the most effective long term management of your condition.

  • Get a correct diagnosis.

Getting the correct diagnosis can help reduce its impact on your life, and allow to you move on the management stage with less stress. Your GP will use a variety of tests including X-ray and/or blood test to help you get the right answers. Be aware it can sometimes take multiple tests to diagnose certain types of arthritis.

  • Get to know your health care team

Your management will often revolve around a team of professionals – GP, pharmacists, physiotherapists, nurses, exercise physiologists, psychologists and sometimes specialists like a rheumatologist. Make sure you feel comfortable with your practitioners, get to know them and get as much information out of your visits as you can. Getting them to communicate within their roles and to each other is also invaluable. Make sure you have everyone on the same page where possible.

  • Medication

Depending on the severity and type of your arthritis, medication prescribed by your GP or specialist is sometimes required. This is particularly more common in inflammatory types of arthritis. This may range from over the counter to prescription medication. It is important that this medication is managed correctly; having reviews and sharing your medication list with your alli