There are a number of causes for arthritis but, regardless of the reason for it, the effect can be devastating on the patient’s quality of life. Medication can definitely provide some help and it is important to continue to take the medication prescribed by the rheumatologist or associated medical specialist.
Arthritis New Zealand has an extremely helpful web page and some excellent programs which we strongly recommend. See www.arthritis.org.nz
Our clinicians develop a wellness program in conjunction with the patient that can focus on issues involving:
- Quality of life and mood management
- Pain coping strategies
- Stress management
- Lifestyle planning
However, our programme for arthritis sufferers is not limited to the above as each programme is designed to suit the needs of the individual.