Best management often starts with the basic building blocks

While pain relief remains a primary objective, we use a multidisciplinary approach that aims to actively reduce progression of arthritis as well as improve symptoms. This is important as while advanced osteoarthritis is treated very successfully with a joint replacement, this is a last resort surgical option, and one that is delayed as much as reasonably possible. In addition, we have also known with a strong level of evidence for the last 10 years that knee arthroscopy neither improves pain long term, nor delays time to require a joint replacement. However, for those with early osteoarthritis and / or too young for a joint replacement there are successful non-surgical management options available to help manage your pain and improve function. This can include any combination of the following if suitable to your situation and needs:

  • Exercise: Regular and appropriate activity is equal or superior to anti-inflammatory medication. A guided and structured approach may be recommended with one of our physiotherapists, exercise physiologist or group classes.
  • Weight loss: Loss of 5kg has been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of knee arthritis by a factor of up to 50%, and reducing body weight by 10% shown to decrease pain by 40%. Consultation with one of our dieticians may also be advisable.
  • Analgesia: Natural therapies as well as various prescription options are available in our shop at SPARC, and our doctors are happy to discuss these options with you.
  • Supplementation: A range of supplements, including Glucosamine Sulphate and others are also available at our shop at SPARC.
  • Podiatry: Relevant biomechanical adjustment can help to unload areas of arthritis and therefore reduce pain and improve function. A review with a podiatrist may be advisable.
  • Braces: A range of modern and comfortable braces to deload the affected side and therefore reduce your pain are also available onsite at our shop facilities.
  • Radiofrequency denervation: The nerves that supply sensation to the knee joint can also be partly targeted but a simple procedure that disables them temporarily. While sensation will return over the course of 1-2 years, this can provide substantial pain relief and better allow you to pursue your exercise and weight loss programs for long term results.

If your arthritis warrants further intervention we are also fully versed in various injectable options including cortisone, hyaluronic (gel) supplementation, and platelet rich plasma (PRP), to keep you happy and active and delaying the need for joint replacement surgery.

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

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Facebook — February 18, 2019

2019 brings 2 experienced GPs and sports doctors joining us, and the beginning of their specialist training. Excited to welcome Dr Buckley and Kleinschmidt to the SPARC family.

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Facebook — February 15, 2019

Michael featured on a bonus episode of Inside Running Podcast doing what he does best; Educating! #podiatrist

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Facebook — February 11, 2019

️Stocking Archie’s Arch Support Thhongs! $35 ️We mean it when we say these are the comfiest thongs ever and they look like normal thongs!Get in quick before they all sell out!Colours currently in stock: black, navy, coral, white. Coming soon: light blue.

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Facebook — February 07, 2019

No more tying ice packs up with old tea towels and staying still so they don’t slip off!We sell Sideline - Ice n Wraps!Perfect for upper limb and lower limb injuries or recovery. Just fill the bag with ice and strap it on with the comfortable Velcro straps.$35.00Thanks Blake for modelling the ice pack while you wait for your appointment! #sportsinjury #RICER #ice #recovery #joints #pain #injuryrecovery

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