More than 30 per cent of Australians – adult and child, male and female – will be affected by arthritis or some form of musculoskeletal condition during their lives.
Musculoskeletal conditions are the greatest single cause of disability in Australia today. Nearly 60 per cent of people with arthritis are under the age of 65 including children.
10 per cent of people aged 20 have symptoms of osteoarthritis, often as a result of poor sports injury management.
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WHAT TO DO
Having a musculoskeletal condition does not mean giving up an active life. With management, people with arthritis and osteoporosis can continue to achieve high levels of activity.
“Arthritis ACT is dedicated to provide you with a quality service at a low cost. We provide you with the skills, knowledge to control your condition,” they said.
“A variety of groups meet regularly to share information and encouragement to live effectively with a chronic condition.”
Exercise programs are offered on a regular basis. “Regular exercise is critical for the maintenance of joint mobility and strength as well as to help prevent falls.”
Warm water exercise is offered in hydrotherapy pools across Canberra. Being non-weight bearing, water-based exercise is used for musculoskeletal conditions.
“We also offer low priced dietitian and exercise physiology services to help you build a better me and manage your arthritis.”