Arthritis

Learn more about what Arthritis is and the different treatment options available

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Arthritis isn’t just one disease, but rather refers to more than 100 conditions which affect the joints of the body. Typically, when someone has arthritis their joints are inflamed, causing varying degrees of pain. It is estimated that arthritis affects nearly 4 million Australians. There are a variety of types of arthritis, however the four most common are: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.

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Symptoms of arthritis:

Arthritis symptoms and severity can vary from person to person. The most common arthritis symptoms include:

  • Pain.
  • Redness, swelling, and warmth in a joint.
  • Muscular aches and pains.
  • Stiffness or reduced range of motion in a joint.
  • General symptoms of fatigue.
  • Weight loss, and feeling unwell.

Traditional treatments for arthritis:

It’s worth noting that a range of different healthcare professionals can assist with an arthritis treatment plan. This can include your GP, a rheumatologist, physiotherapist, dietician, occupational therapist, exercise physiologist, podiatrist, pharmacist, and a psychologist. Depending on which of the above you’re working with, some or all of the below traditional treatments could be prescribed.

  • Pain-relieving medications.
  • Creams and ointments.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs).
  • Corticosteroids.
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic medications (DMARDs).
  • Biologics and biosimilar medicines (bDMARDs).
  • Pain management techniques, such as meditation.

In addition to medical treatments, lifestyle changes that can help manage the symptoms of arthritis include eating a healthy, balanced diet, and exercise.

Medicinal Cannabis and arthritis

If you’ve exhausted other treatment options and haven’t experienced any relief or improvement, it might be worth chatting to your doctor to see whether medicinal cannabis could be suitable for you.  

We spoke to Dr James Stewart, one of Australia’s leading minds in cannabis medicine who provided a medical view about arthritis and traditional treatments.

Dr Stewart is a true believer in focusing on overall health and always promotes a healthy lifestyle as the key. Click below to learn more about arthritis and treatments you may wish to discuss with your doctor.

Jenn Morris OAM

“I developed osteoarthritis after playing elite hockey for a long while. The pain in my joints made it tough to keep doing what I love, which is exercising, being mobile, being active and living a healthier, happier life.

Andrew Mirams

“I played sport all my life. My hips and knees are really painful which makes it hard for me to stay active.

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Sources:

  1. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/arthritis
  2. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/arthritis
  3. https://www.tga.gov.au/community-qa/medicinal-cannabis-products-patient-information