Opioids – what are the alternatives?

Opioids – what are the alternatives?

Opioid medicines can be used to reduce some types of pain, such as acute pain and chronic pain caused by cancer. However, their role in the management of chronic (non-cancer) pain is limited. Pharmaceutical opioids include naturally derived opioids (codeine,…

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Managing an Arthritis Flare

Managing an Arthritis Flare

  An arthritis flare is an episode of increased pain, fatigue, joint stiffness, swelling and tenderness. These symptoms may lead to a loss of functioning and interfere with people’s mood, sleep quality, and ability to perform everyday activities. Depending on the type…

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Managing Low Back Pain

Managing Low Back Pain

  Low back pain is a significant burden in terms of pain, disability and loss of quality of life for those who experience it. This is a global problem with data in Australia revealing that a quarter of the population…

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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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Back Rotation

Back Rotation

The spine stretches down from the base of the skull to the coccyx (tailbone). It is one of the most important structures in the body as it houses the spinal cord which is responsible for your body’s ability to move,…

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Tips for Managing your Housework

Tips for Managing your Housework

We know that with arthritis, your joints are weaker and less stable and you may experience ongoing pain and fatigue as part of your condition – doing your housework can certainly be challenging! As soon as you find out you have…

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Exercise of the Month – Bicep Curls

Exercise of the Month – Bicep Curls

The exercise of this month focuses on working this particular muscle group so you can develop stronger arms for your daily functional activities such as carrying, lifting and moving objects. Bicep curls isolate the body movement of elbow flexion, or…

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Your Weight & Arthritis

Your Weight & Arthritis

Does weight affect arthritis? The simple answer is yes. Extra body weight increases the stress on many joints, particularly the knees, hips and lower back. There is also a clear link between being overweight and an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis.…

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Exercise for Osteoporosis

Exercise for Osteoporosis

This Exercise of the Month targets individuals living with Osteoporosis. Even though these exercises are tailored towards addressing that condition, they can still be performed by anyone and are equally as beneficial to those living with arthritis. Osteoporosis leads to…

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Be wise about the medicine you take

Be wise about the medicine you take

The ninth annual Be Medicinewise Week is encouraging Australians to get to know the language of medicines. Medicines are part of most people’s lives with arthritis. Which is why, having access to, understanding and asking the right questions about medicines…

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