Exercise of the Month – Lower Limb

Exercise of the Month – Lower Limb

Here are some simple exercises designed to help strengthen and stabilise muscles of the lower limb including knee flexion, hip abduction and standing Heel Raise. Standing Calf Raise You will need a sturdy chair or surface for this exercise to…

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Tips to Manage Chronic Pain

Tips to Manage Chronic Pain

Living with pain can be one of the hardest parts of having arthritis. It’s important to understand the pain cycle and learn techniques that may help you cope with pain. It is also important to not solely rely on medications…

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New drug listed on PBS for psoriatic arthritis

New drug listed on PBS for psoriatic arthritis

Tofacitinib (sold as Xeljanz), is already available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), but will be extended to include treatment of patients with psoriatic arthritis. More than 4800 patients are expected to benefit from the subsidy, which will allow them…

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Tips for coping with morning stiffness

Tips for coping with morning stiffness

As the weather starts to cool down, many people find their stiffness in the morning worsens. For osteoarthritis it may last for up to an hour or so. For others living with inflammatory arthritis however (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic…

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Hip Exercises

Hip Exercises

One of the primary contributions to the development of arthritis is prolonged overuse or imperfect loading of a weight bearing joint. As one of the primary load bearing joints in the human body, the hip joint is particularly susceptible to…

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Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep is important for both physical and mental health and improves your overall quality of life. We know that living with a chronic condition and chronic pain can cause problems with sleep, including having problems falling asleep, staying asleep and…

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New Research – easy ways to add movement into your day

New Research – easy ways to add movement into your day

  A paper recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine1, shows that a style of exercise called high-intensity incidental physical activity (HIIPA) or regular, incidental activity that gets you huffing and puffing, is likely to produce health benefits,…

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Exercise of the Month – Knee Exercises

Exercise of the Month – Knee Exercises

Knee exercises help to reduce stiffness, improve muscle strength and joint range of motion in people who have arthritis. Strengthening the of the quadriceps muscles (front of thigh) has also been linked to reduced symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. There is no…

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Exercise of the Month – Hand Exercises

Exercise of the Month – Hand Exercises

Hand exercises may help to reduce stiffness, improve muscle strength and joint range of motion in people who have arthritis. There is no one-size-fits-all hand prescription for people with arthritis, but an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or rheumatologist can help design…

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