Physiotherapy

Your doctor may recommend or refer you to a physiotherapist to help you manage osteoarthritis (OA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Your GP can provide guidance on applying for funded visits to a private physiotherapist or you can refer yourself directly if you have private physiotherapy health cover / extras. Check with your health fund for information on your coverage.

A physiotherapist will discuss and assess your condition, and suggest simple exercises that will preserve the strength of muscles around affected joints and help maintain your mobility.For example, they will suggest the best ways to move positions, such as from sitting to standing – and if you have been recommended a walking aid, like a stick or frame, they will show you the best way to use it. A physiotherapist will teach you appropriate exercises which may include activities such as exercising in warm water pools. The buoyancy takes the pressure off the joint which may mean you can exercise with less pain and do walking in the pool. A physiotherapist will teach you appropriate exercises.

What can I do about hip pain?

What can I do about hip pain?

Relieving hip joint pain and regaining mobility

There are many things you can do to help relieve your hip pain and keep you active and mobile. The best thing to do is talk to your doctor about which options will benefit you most. To help you discuss treatments, here are some of the options your doctor may discuss with you, depending on your condition and pain levels.

Treatment Options

Are you experiencing hip pain or reduced mobility? Want to know what you can do about it?

This short video gives you some helpful information about treatment options for hip pain. Contact your GP or specialist for more information.

What can I do about knee pain?

What can I do about knee pain?

Relieving knee pain and regaining mobility 

There are many things you can do to help relieve your knee pain and keep you active and mobile. The best thing to do is talk to your doctor about which options will benefit you most. To help you discuss treatments, here are some of the options your doctor may discuss with you, depending on your condition and pain levels: 

Treatment options

Are you experiencing knee pain and restricted activity? What treatment options are best for you? 

This short video gives you some useful information about knee treatment options. Contact your GP for more information.

Next Steps

Contact your GP or health professional to discuss your options