Written by Dr Matt Corbin, Osteopath, Six Core Outcomes
“If somebody says they have arthritis they are most likely talking about osteoarthritis. If you are struggling with arthritis or joint pain see your health professional to discuss some treatment strategies suitable for your situation.”
Fun fact: There is more arthritis today than there has ever been and we have never been more sedentary. Perhaps it’s time we stop calling it wear and tear?
Here are the top 5 myths about osteoarthritis.
Scans can not and do not predict your level of pain or disability regardless of how severe the arthritis may appear on an image.
Rest or avoiding activities completely can actually make pain worse in the long run.
Exercise is not dangerous. Safe, graded exposure to painful activities can actually help reduce pain by improving your strength, capacity and tolerance.
Surgery is not the only answer. In fact 20% of people who undergo joint replacements don’t achieve pain relief. Surgery is suggested for people who have undergone thorough non-surgical management unsuccessfully.
Pain does not reflect the amount of damage. Much like on a scan, the amount of damage does not reflect the level of pain. They do not always correlate.
Do I need private health insurance to see an osteo, physio or Chiro?
No. All practitioners can see both private and public patients.
Your health insurance can provide you with rebates when you visit an osteopath, physiotherapist or chiropractor. Check with your health fund what benefits are available.