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Joint replacement surgery – more operations not the answer

Joint replacement surgery – more operations not the answer

Surgery can be avoided through well supported early intervention that include access to physiotherapy, dieticians, psychologists and sleep specialists.
Most people with hip or knee osteoarthritis never need a joint replacement – expert in osteoarthritis

Most people with hip or knee osteoarthritis never need a joint replacement – expert in osteoarthritis

Most people with hip or knee osteoarthritis never need a joint replacement - government needs to fund more exercise and weight loss programmes.
It’s just arthritis, but what about Jared, 20, living with psoriatic arthritis?

It’s just arthritis, but what about Jared, 20, living with psoriatic arthritis?

Twenty-year-old Jared McOnie of Wellington says he thought he reached a point of no return in April this year when the pain caused by psoriatic arthritis was relentless.
I thought arthritis is what old people get, and then I got it

I thought arthritis is what old people get, and then I got it

At the young age of 43 last year, Andrew Smyth got diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. The diagnosis hit him like a bolt of lightning. “I thought arthritis was what old people get. Surely 43 isn’t old enough, let alone 36, when my symptoms first started to appear”.
Imagine you have shards of glass in your joints, and it hurts to move

Imagine you have shards of glass in your joints, and it hurts to move

Bernie O’Brien, 77, from Christchurch, experiences excruciating pain from his osteoarthritis and has done for many years. Seeking help from an arthritis educator helped him learn to manage his flare-ups better.
13-year-old with arthritis granted Para Equestrian status for dressage

13-year-old with arthritis granted Para Equestrian status for dressage

Two years ago, Ashley Millar was diagnosed with rheumatoid factor positive juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and
Mental health suffers under chronic pain, fatigue and stiffness from rheumatoid arthritis

Mental health suffers under chronic pain, fatigue and stiffness from rheumatoid arthritis

Low self-esteem, depression and anxiety are the mental health problems that many people living with pain, fatigue ...
It’s just arthritis – so what?

It’s just arthritis – so what?

It’s a common enough reaction – so what? Isn’t it just old people that get arthritis? There are some quick and devastating counters to this...
Staying fit and healthy despite ankylosing spondylitis

Staying fit and healthy despite ankylosing spondylitis

Amy Milne is a fit, social, energetic, and healthy 38-year-old woman when her autoimmune disease allows. When it ...
Osteoarthritis – is New Zealand neglecting our ageing population?

Osteoarthritis – is New Zealand neglecting our ageing population?

It’s not just the elephant in the room - it’s a herd of elephants on the rampage. Osteoarthritis is a severe health issue that is only going to get worse.
A word from Philip – September 2019

A word from Philip – September 2019

A word from Philip Kearney, Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive. In the September 2019 issue of Joint Support, Philip updates us on work in progress.
What does it mean for Māori to have osteoarthritis?

What does it mean for Māori to have osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a significant burden on a person and is the most common form of arthritis in New Zealand. There are about 35,000 Māori adults that have OA.

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