While conservative measures (link) are largely successful in treating pain and keeping you active until the time of a joint replacement may be warranted, you may also find yourself needing to explore further options. You may not want to take medications (or do not tolerate them), may be too young for a joint replacement, or simply wish to trial more novel therapies before having such a major surgery. In any of those cases the main options include:

  • Cortisone: The most well known option to many people, and is a potent anti-inflammatory. Effects are typically short lived however in specific situations it remains a good option.
  • Viscosupplementation: Synvisc and other hyaluronic acids are an additional tool in improving your arthritis pain. These are synthetic versions of our natural knee joint fluid. In a healthy knee synovial fluid is normally highly viscous (thick, jelly like material) that offers some buffering and transmission of joint forces among other functions. In osteoarthritis this breaks down to become more ‘watery’ and less functional. Reintroduction of this gel is well tolerated and a single injection into the joint has been shown to have long lasting improvement in pain and function.
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP): A completely natural therapy, this involves normal removal of a small amount of blood (same as when you have a blood test), and reintroduction of only the platelet rich plasma component. Depending on your situation we can also tailor the plasma platelet content to obtain a better response for you. Results are generally expected to be similar to the viscosupplementation with the majority of people having around 10 months pain and functional improvement.
  • Stem cells

We look forward to seeing you soon and discussing these options to keep you healthy, happy, and active

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The Sports and Arthritis Clinic (SPARC) in conjunction with My Physio SA welcome you to join the Introduction to Strength Training for Female Runners Program. Strength training plays an important role in training for female runners, as it can improve performance and reduce the risk of developing an injury.What is it? The group program is run by our Exercise Physiologist with input from a sports physiotherapist and podiatrist. The program is 8 weeks in duration, broken down into the introduction phase, strength endurance phase and running specific training phase. The aims of the program are to teach you the practical skills and techniques of strength training and provide information on the following topics: • What is strength? • Why strength training is important for a female runner • How to fit strength training into your running plan • How to maintain a strength training planTime The program will run in the SPRAC gym on Thursday evenings at 6:15 pm to 7: 00 pm, commencing Thursday 26th of October and finishing Thursday the 14th of December.Cost The cost is $280.00 for the 8 weeks. If you have private health insurance you be eligible for a rebate under Exercise Physiology and a receipt will be provided at the end of the program to claim, contact your health care provider for details. Contact DetailsPh: (08) 8234 9707 Email: reception@sportclinic.com.au Website: www.sportsandarthritisclinic.com.au

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The Sports and Arthritis Clinic (SPARC) in conjunction with My Physio SA welcome you to join the Introduction to Strength Training for Female Runners Program. Strength training plays an important role in training for female runners, as it can improve performance and reduce the risk of developing an injury.What is it? The group program is run by our Exercise Physiologist with input from a sports physiotherapist and podiatrist. The program is 8 weeks in duration, broken down into the introduction phase, strength endurance phase and running specific training phase. The aims of the program are to teach you the practical skills and techniques of strength training and provide information on the following topics: • What is strength? • Why strength training is important for a female runner • How to fit strength training into your running plan • How to maintain a strength training planTime The program will run in the SPRAC gym on Thursday evenings at 6:15 pm to 7: 00 pm, commencing Thursday 26th of October and finishing Thursday the 14th of December.Cost The cost is $280.00 for the 8 weeks. If you have private health insurance you be eligible for a rebate under Exercise Physiology and a receipt will be provided at the end of the program to claim, contact your health care provider for details. Contact DetailsPh: (08) 8234 9707 Email: reception@sportclinic.com.au Website: www.sportsandarthritisclinic.com.au

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Facebook — October 17, 2017

What is a Sports & Exercise Physician?They are doctors with specialist training in the management of musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses to maximize function and minimize disability and time away from your sport, work, or school. After graduating from medical school, a minimum of a further 7 years is required along with various examination and research requirements to gain an ACSEP fellowship.Did you know SPARC has 2 out of 4 Sports & Exercise Physicians currently working in South Australia?Find out more about Dr Geoffrey Verrall and Dr Duncan Walker on our website!#SportsPhysician #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #ExercisePhysician #Specialist #MuscularSkeletal #Sports #ExerciseIsMedicinehttps://www.sparc.com.au/how-we-can-help/sports-physicians

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CONGRATULATIONS Dr Duncan Walker for passing his final Sports & Exercise Physician exam on the weekend! This means that Dr Walker has gone through med school to be a GP and then went on further to complete his 7 years of Sports and Exercise Physicians training and is ONE of FOUR in South Australia!Keep and eye out for our next post which explains what a Sports & Exercise Physician is (the difference between them and a Sports Doctor and a Surgeon) and what they can do you help you! #SportsPhysician #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #ExercisePhysician #Specialist #MuscularSkeletal #CleverCookie #HardYards

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