By taking an active role in understanding and treating your conditions, you will experience less pain and stay more active than those who feel there is nothing they can do.
Here is our 10 steps checklist to help you live with arthritis: by Arthritis Australia
Take control by knowing your disease
Spend the time to understand what type of arthritis you have and then discover the best ways to improve your condition.
Many people with arthritis say that learning about their arthritis and what they can do about it gives them back a feeling of control over their lives and their health.
Don’t delay, see your doctor
Because arthritis can get worse if left untreated, you need to see your doctor as early as possible to get a proper diagnosis. This will help you understand your arthritis and develop a plan for managing it. Early diagnosis and treatment can limit the effects of arthritis on your life and help you stay active and independent.
Work with your healthcare team and be an important part of it.
The best way to live well with arthritis is by working closely with your healthcare team. It may include a variety of healthcare specialists, such as doctors, pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, nurses, psychologists and complementary medicine practitioners. Your doctor may also refer you to a rheumatologist (a specialist in conditions that affect the joints and the structures around them).
Remember, you are the most important member of your healthcare team. Make sure you establish and maintain good communication with all the other members.
Know about your treatment options.