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 (link), exercise physiologist (link) 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 (link).
  • Analgesia: Natural therapies as well as various pharmaceutical options are available in our shop at SPARC. Discussion with your doctor (link) is suggested before commencing any medication.
  • 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 (link).
  • 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 not sufficient, or your arthritis warrants further intervention consideration of injectable options including cortisone, hyaluronic (gel) supplementation, and platelet rich plasma (PRP) can be further explored, as well as possible stem cell suitability within our clinical trial.

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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