Millions of Australians are suffering from the aches and pains associated with osteoarthritis, which is why the Sunshine Coast Orthopaedic Group is educating people on how to manage the often-crippling disease.
Dr Daevyd Rodda hosts monthly seminars with allied health partners across the Sunshine Coast to spread awareness and understanding about hip and knee osteoarthritis and the conservative treatment options available.Recently, more than 70 people attended Dr Rodda’s free seminar with partners Physio Professionals at the Goodlife Community Centre in Buderim designed to empower people to educate themselves about how to make the right decision when it comes to their health care.Non-operative treatment is not the same as no treatment.
There are lots of things that can be done actively to manage osteoarthritis that don’t involve surgery. Patients should always explore non-operative measures prior to contemplating surgery.
With one in five Australians over the age of 45 suffering from osteoarthritis, it’s important you talk to your GP if they’re experiencing discomfort.
Dr Rodda says early intervention with physiotherapy, mostly focusing around sensible exercise and lifestyle management, is considered front line treatment of osteoarthritis when combined with GP management.
Learn more about our upcoming free education seminars in 2020.