Good to see the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK have finally noticed there is widely differing standards of care for osteoarthritis sufferers.
In my years of blogging this has been something I have noticed all over the world. Not only are there differing standards between countries but also within countries.
This is a very unsatisfactory state of affairs and actually quite unnecessary as NICE advocate self management for osteoarthritis!
Self management allow the patient to feel like they have some control over their condition and gives them goals to work towards. In my experience it often relieves the depression that goes with chronic diseases such as OA.
The NICE recommendations are made for adult sufferers of osteoarthritis:
- Adults aged 45 or over may be diagnosed with osteoarthritis clinically without investigations if they have activity-related joint pain and any morning joint stiffness lasts less than half an hour.
- Those newly diagnosed with osteoarthritis should have an assessment that includes pain they have and how this impacts on their daily activities and quality of life.
- Sufferers are helped to develop themselves a self‑management plan which includes directing them to professionals to give them to any support they may need.
- They are advised to participate in muscle strengthening and aerobic exercise.
- People who are overweight or obese are offered support to lose weight.
- They should have regular reviews with their primary healthcare team.
- Non-surgical core treatments should be tried for at least three months before any referral for consideration of joint surgery.
- Healthcare professionals do not use scoring tools to identify which adults with osteoarthritis are eligible for referral for consideration of joint surgery.
Click on this link if you want to read the full recommendations including about what you should include about self management for osteoarthritis.
How Self Management for Osteoarthritis Work?
NICE says self management should include is muscle strengthening, aerobic exercises, weight loss and regular reviews with their healthcare professionals. I would also include lifestyle changes, diet rather than simply weight loss and self massage.
All these things are easily taught and none of this is particularly expensive so, as always when this question arises, why is it not being done?
I don’t know. All I know is that I have been doing these things for year now but over the Internet and you only have to read a few of my testimonials to see that it works.
In my Joint Control program you fill in a questionnaire, I set you a specific set of massage plus stretching and strengthening exercises and a schedule so you know how many to do what day and I give you my full support for 3 months. By then you will be on a maintenance and will know what to do and have seen improvement in your OA so will be motivated to carry on.
I also send you a free copy of my book Natural Treatment for Osteoarthritis which will give you all the additional information you need for self management for osteoarthritis. At US$97 it will teach you how to treat yourself for the rest of your joint’s life!
Click here to start to self managing your osteoarthritis.