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We are celebrating World Physiotherapy Day (8 September) this week. The theme for the year is osteoarthritis and the role of physiotherapists in preventing and managing this condition.
Mary McMahon is a physiotherapist who works in our Physiotherapy Outpatients department, and with the orthopaedic team. Mary has a special interest in helping patients manage their osteoarthritis.
Mary explains that at Austin Health, "physiotherapists are involved in the assessment, treatment and management of osteoarthritis through our roles in the Osteoarthritis Hip and Knee Service, our involvement with orthopaedic patients before and after surgery, and helping people learn how to best manage their arthritis when they attend as outpatients in the physiotherapy department."
In terms of numbers, Mary says "Physiotherapy Outpatients receive around 500 new referrals for people with osteoarthritis per year. The Osteoarthritis Hip and Knee Service also receives over 500 new referrals per year."
The best exercise for osteoarthritis includes:
Regular exercise lowers the risk of developing osteoarthritis (and lots of other health issues!) and can also prevent or delay the need for surgery in people who do have osteoarthritis.
Talk to a physio about the best way to manage your osteoarthritis, so you can keep doing all the things you want to do.