Many people seem to be afraid to take control of their own conditions. They rely on Doctors to provide them with a magic pill that will cure their problem and take the pain away. However with conditions like osteoarthritis it is important you realise there is no magic anything yet and many of these new treatments heralded in the press are many years away from being readily available to us. In the mean time if you have osteoarthritis self management may be your best form of treatment.
That doesn’t mean you should disregard your Doctor’s advice or fall for these wacky ‘cures’ out here on the Internet. Osteoarthritis self management is all about finding out about as many types of therapies as you can and trying them to see of they work for you.
Osteoarthritis Self Management Study
This is a new study into osteoarthritis self management. Their aim was to
determine whether a disease-specific self-management program for primary care patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee (the Osteoarthritis of the Knee SelfManagement Program (OAK)) implemented by health care professionals would achieve and maintain clinically meaningful improvements in health-related outcomes compared with a control group.
In other words the sufferers were guided by Doctors in their osteoarthritis self management programs by being shown what to do and then simply going home and implementing what they had been taught.
The program is implemented using a holistic approach and addresses multiple aspects of care: osteoarthritis (explanation and implications), SM skills (goal-setting, problem- solving, mode l l ing , pos i t i v e thinking and improving self-efficacy), medications (types, interactions and current trends), correct use of analgesia (use, therapeutic dosing, types and side effects), pain management strategies (cognitive and pharmacologic), fitness and exercise (strength, flexibility, aerobic and balance), joint protection, nutrition and weight control, fall prevention (balance and proprioception), environmental risks, polypharmacy and coping with negative emotions.
This gave them a wide range of information to call on, depending how their osteoarthritis affected them. This is so important as we are all unique and react to different situations differently.
The outcome of this research was very positive.
We recorded statistically significant improvements compared with a control group with regard to pain, quality of life and function for participants in the OAK program on the basis of WOMAC and SF-36 measures taken 8 weeks and 6 months from baseline.
With these results I liked the fact they were kind enough, at the end of the study to put the control group on the osteoarthritis self management course so they could benefit too!
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