“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.
“The assumption is that the professions are all very different, with various techniques & skill sets. Whilst some subtle differences may exist, the truth is that we are more alike than some (clinicians) might like to admit!”
If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between an Osteopath, Physiotherapist and a Chiropractor is – you are not alone! It can be a confusing discussion within the healthcare system so I can only imagine how confusing it can be for patients just looking for help.
Education & Qualifications
Each profession is registered and regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Each profession is accredited after completing 4-5 years of education at university.
Each profession consists of a mixture of hands-on treatment and rehabilitative exercise designed to help those in pain.
what’s the difference?
It’s important to note that ‘Osteo’, ‘Physio’ & ‘Chiro’ are professions – They’re not treatments or treatment styles. Each is qualified to provide diagnosis, management and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions.
In the modern age of evidence-based medicine you’ll start noticing that the best practitioners will all practice in a very similar way. The secret is out – Gone are the days where a 5-10 minute appointment for an “adjustment” is considered optimal health care.
The real difference comes between practitioners, not professions.
The best practitioners get you moving.
The best practitioners build confidence, not fear.
The best practitioners get you off the table, and back to the activities you love.
Avoid somebody who spends the majority of time doing things to you, find yourself a practitioner who empowers you with self-care strategies to look after your own body.
How do you choose the right osteo, Physio or Chiro?
Choose the person, not the profession. To help find your next Osteopath, Physiotherapist or Chiropractor use this checklist to help guide your decision.
Find a practitioner who:
Seems genuine, empathetic and understanding
Educates, empowers and builds confidence
Works with you to find the right management plan suited to your goals