Being diagnosed with arthritis can be a confusing experience. It is quite normal to feel relief, worry, anger, anxiety or confusion.
Diagnosis is not usually the start, or the end, of your life with arthritis. There are many things you can do to help yourself live well with your arthritis condition.
Many people newly diagnosed with arthritis have asked to talk with someone who has lived with arthritis for a number of years. Arthritis New Zealand has a team of volunteers who are trained to provide phone-based support. Email us or call 0800 663 463 and we will arrange for a volunteer to call you at a mutually convenient time.
If you have questions about your diagnosis or treatment call our Arthritis Educators.
Information about your arthritis can be found here: Forms of Arthritis New Zealand
You might want to know more about what you can do for yourself. Visit our Treatment & Management page for more information.
Events in the Community
People who are newly diagnosed with arthrtis are welcome to join one of our community events going on throughout the year.
Learn about arthritis and self-care – pain management, exercise and much more from Dave Cox, Arthritis Educator Tuesday 31 July 2018 10.15am – 11.15am Osteoarthritis 11.30am – 12.30pm Fibromyalgia 1.00pm - 2.00pm Gout 2.15pm - 3.15pm ...
Fibromyalgia Come along and learn tools and tips for managing fibromyalgia with Dave Cox RN, Arthritis Educator Wednesday 18 April 9.15am – 11.15am Sandpiper Room, Arataki Community Centre, Zambuck Way (off Grenada St), Mount Maunganui To book your place, please phone...
Living with arthritis? Tools and tips for managing arthritis, with a chance to ask questions. Dave Cox RN, Arthritis Educator Monday 16 April 1.00pm–3.00pm Joint replacement surgery – do I qualify and what are the options? 3.15pm–4.30pm All about the different forms...
Managing pain Pain does not have to rule your life. Find out ways to manage any kind of chronic pain. Dave Cox RN, Arthritis Educator Friday 20 April 2018 9.30am – 11.30pm Totara Room, Waiora House, 129 Spa Road, Taupō To book your place, please phone 0800 663 463 or...
Arthritis Group Clinics Learn about arthritis and self-care – pain management, exercise and much more. Dave Cox RN, Arthritis Educator Thursday 19 April 9.30am – 10.30am Osteoarthritis 10.45am – 11.45am Fibromyalgia 12.00pm – 1.00pm Rheumatoid arthritis...
Arthritis Group Clinics Tuesday 17 April Learn about arthritis and self-care – pain management, exercise and much more. Dave Cox RN, Arthritis Educator 9.30am – 10.30am Osteoarthritis 10.45am – 11.45am Rheumatoid arthritis 12.00pm – 1.00pm Gout...
Brochures to download
At Arthritis New Zealand we have a number of brochures on all the main types of arthritis from rheumatoid arthritis to ankylosing spondylitis. You can download them below (Acrobat pdf files). These are free of charge.
Forms of Arthritis
Arthritis - Exercises to Keep You Moving
Arthritis New Zealand and Physiotherapy New Zealand have combined their expertise to produce a new exercise guide entitled Arthritis - Exercises to Keep You Moving. The new guide provides step-by-step, illustrated instructions for exercises that will greatly benefit people with arthritis or a rheumatology condition which is affecting their joints or muscles.
- Arthritis - Exercises to Keep You Moving (.pdf, 1.7MB)
At Arthritis New Zealand we have a number of exercise resources available for purchase, including videos, CDs, DVDs, and books. Gentle exercise is vital to managing your arthritis successfully. These resources have been specifically designed for people with arthritis, and are a great way to stay fit and retain mobility.
Let’s Mobilise is an audio exercise programme that provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Exercises are split into two sections, the first providing a series of exercise that are a bit more vigorous and are designed to be dome while standing or sitting. The second series is designed to be more gentle, are designed to be done while laying down, and can be done when your joints are painful or if you are having a flare.
Keep Moving is a DVD programme of exercises specifically designed for people with arthritis and help to maintain joint flexibility. Edited and approved by the Rheumatology Unit at Hutt Hospital in Wellington, it provides easy-to-follow exercises and runs for approximately 27 minutes.
Home Based Exercise Programme
Home Based Exercise Programme is a DVD exercise programme to improve strength, flexibility, balance and keep you mobile. The DVD allows you to conduct the entire programme or select specific areas (Warm up, shoulders, legs, neck, and hands and wrists). Instructions are provided in English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Hindi. Members of Arthritis New Zealand receive a 50% discount on the price of all exercise resources. What are you waiting for? Please call (04) 472 1427 to make your order. You can also download and print the Arthritis New Zealand Exercise Resources Order Form by clicking here. Please mail to us at Reception at:
Arthritis New Zealand
PO Box 10-020
The Terrace Wellington, 6143