Non-Addictive Pain Control: What Works Best?

Non-Addictive Pain Control: What Works Best?

Q: Non-Addictive pain control: what works best? This is a question asked by someone who attended one of our free Community Education webinars. Yes, there are many different, evidence-based strategies to help manage pain. But first, let’s briefly touch on…

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Ways to Reduce Inflammation

Ways to Reduce Inflammation

Question: I have both Ankylosing Spondylitis and Osteoarthritis, and so I was wondering if there were ways or things I could do to reduce inflammation to help treat my arthritis. Answer: Yes, there are certainly things you could try to…

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Pros and Cons of Cortisone Injections

Pros and Cons of Cortisone Injections

Injections of Intra-articular corticosteroids (IACSs), usually combined with analgesics, are commonly performed to treat pain related to osteoarthritis (OA) e.g., hip and knee OA. While they are common, they are not without their risks. I will go on to talk…

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Hand arthritis and Pain

Hand arthritis and Pain

Question: I have arthritis in my hand (base of thumb and wrist). It can be painful in the cooler months, and sometimes after a day of gardening and/or chores around the house, my thumb and wrist can hurt that evening…

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What is distraction therapy (for pain)?

What is distraction therapy (for pain)?

Fool your brain, replace your pain What is Distraction? Diverting attention away (i.e., distraction) from feelings and thoughts of pain is a common and well researched pain-coping strategy. Its effects are variable across individuals, however, those who report high levels…

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Ask Kat Series

Ask Kat Series

Kat Keane, our Health Educator, loves answering your questions! If you have a question that you would like Kat to answer, please email kkeane@arthritisnsw.org.au. Here’s our next Ask Kat question answered: I have arthritis in my hand (base of thumb and…

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Hot and Cold Therapies Explained

Hot and Cold Therapies Explained

Treating pain, inflammation and injury with hot and cold therapies can be extremely effective and affordable. However, it’s important to know which situations call for hot, which call for cold and which may benefit from both treatments. Importantly, this kind…

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Efficacy of CBD for chronic pain & joint disease

Efficacy of CBD for chronic pain & joint disease

  This particular Research Review will use a variety of studies and study reviews to summarise answers for the following questions about Cannabidiol (CBD).   What is CBD? How does it work for chronic pain and arthritis?  Is CBD better…

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Dedicated websites for your condition

Dedicated websites for your condition

  Arthritis Australia’s condition-specific websites provide tools and information to help you learn about osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and back pain. Access them using the links below.   This website can help you relieve the symptoms of…

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